Srinagar: The pro-freedom parties have sharply reacted to the government forces’ action in Wokai Kulgam and Heff Pulwama, where at least 30 persons were injured during clashes between protesters and government forces. Dozens others, including women, were beaten up by forces during house to house searches.
Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir and All parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) alleged that government forces targeted the family members of militants from these villages. APHC (G) called the return of “90’s like crackdown” on civilians a “highly shameful act”. APHC (M) said that government forces are writing a “fresh black history of human rights violations” while Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front said that whosoever came in the way of “war against common Kashmiris” was being “oppressed and suppressed by military might”.
JKLF also condemned the “illegal custody” of young boys, alleging that Waseem Ahmad Sofi of Koundbal Ganaderbal, Basharat Ahmad Najar, Ashiq Hussain Bhat, Reyaz Ahmad Dar and Manzoor Ahmad Najar of Budgam, were all languishing in police custody despite being granted bail by courts. A statement issued here by the Front said that these acts “promoted violence”.
APHC in its statement also condemned the “harassment and threatening of three Kashmiri students by Punjab police”. “Despite assurances, intimidation and harassment of Kashmiri students” seems to continue, the statement said.
“Resorting to military might, assault & humiliating civilians, is (a) highly shameful act,” APHC said, adding that “targeting families of militants is highly condemnable”. “It is a collective punishment to innocent civilians – unjustified and (in) violation of human rights”.
“Hurriyat said it was quite unjust & unethical to involve families of militants,” the conglomerate said in the statement, adding that police was “targeting families of militants” while it said that families should not be involved.
Reacting to the alleged intimidation of Kashmiri students in Punjab, APHC statement said, “India is not a safe place for students. They are suspected everywhere and beleaguered simply because of their Kashmiri origin”.
APHC (M), in its statement said that “such military approach for the last thirty years has failed to defeat the desire for freedom in the people of Kashmir despite subjecting them to worst form of state brutalities and atrocities”.
Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir alleged that government forces fired indiscriminately upon protesters at Heff village in Shopian, injuring more than thirty six persons, and creating terror among the people of the area.
In a press statement issued in Srinagar today, Jama’at spokesperson said that forces, during the search operations, were “mainly targeting the family members of the local Mujahideens and ransacking their household(s)”.
“When masses reacted against this highhandedness, the Army and SOG personnel started unprovoked firing and shelling upon them, intimidating the whole population” the statement said.
The socio-political organisation said that the intimidation was “a part of the well designed policy of Indian government for suppressing the civilians in the valley so that no one dares to stand against this state barbarism”.
“Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir strongly denounces these forces’ atrocious carried on the Israeli pattern against the unarmed civilians and appeals the international community to intervene in this grave situation and take effective measures to stop this barbarism”. Jama’at has also asked the OIC to play a role for “saving the Muslim population in the valley from state terrorism”.