SRINAGAR: Reacting to the thrashing of police personnel by troopers at Ganderbal, pro-freedom leadership on Saturday said that the incident “illustrates the grave situation” in Kashmir and should serve as an eye-opener for Jammu & Kashmir Police.
“It serves (as) a bitter lesson for those officials who, for medals and material gains, behave more loyal than (the) king,” the spokesperson of Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference, Ayaz Akbar, said in a statement.
A spokesperson of Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a similar statement issued here on Saturday, said, “The incident once again (brings) to fore the dangerous and serious situation in Kashmir where even those who are the state’s own agencies and at the forefront of following (its) agenda of repression, are not spared because they are seen as Kashmiris and hence liable to be beaten, killed, tortured, maimed, (and) blinded.”
Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) said J&K Police should “now stop to help India (in) maintain(ing) its illegal control over Jammu and Kashmir”.
The Hurriyat spokesperson ridiculed the former chief minister, Omar Abdullah, for demanding punishment to the erring army personnel and reminded Omar that due to Armed Forces Special Forces Act (AFSPA) and Disturbed Areas Act (DDA), the army “cannot be prosecuted”.
“These army personnel under their notion of ‘national interest’ don’t feel shame or shy to inflict (any) type of brutality,” Ayaz Akbar said. “The state is virtually reeling under martial law and, hence, in this lawless land, no rule of law exists.”
Hurriyat (M) spokesperson said, “The ruling regime, especially the PDP, has completely lost any faith that people had in it and (has) become extremely weak and vulnerable. To stay in power, it has totally surrendered before the policy of oppression and repression pursued by New Delhi and its coalition partner in J&K against the people of Kashmir.”
He said till date, not a single soldier has been brought to the court of law, let alone punishing any. “Probes ordered time and again and the commissions probing serious cases of human rights violations are just eyewash to ensure no solider is convicted,” he said.
The spokesperson said Kashmir is world’s highest militarised zone where a common man is completely at the mercy of government forces. He urged the world forums and international rights bodies to take serious note of the Kashmir situation and pressurise New Delhi to end its “growing war crimes” in Kashmir.
In its statement, DeM general secretary, Nahida Nasreen, said that to maintain its “illegal occupation” in J&K, India has always “used” Kashmiri politicians, bureaucrats, renegades and police officials of the state.
“Like the puppet government, the JKP too is run by Indian agencies and this police force, like Indian armed forces and agencies, is equally responsible for brutalising Kashmiris,” she said.
Nasreen said by donning the Indian uniform, the J&K Police has accepted to be “slaves” of India like the pro-Indian politicians and bureaucrats “who do everything to brutalise Kashmiris as ordered by their masters in New Delhi”.
“To break these shackles of slavery, there is only one option available to these policemen, that they must stop helping and supporting India in Kashmir. These policemen must understand that India is pitching them against their own people and ordering them to kill, maim, torture and jail their own brethren. So, the JKP must revolt against India and if they do so, it will be a major step towards our freedom,” DeM secretary general said.