‘Will educate people about implications of this Act’
SRINAGAR: Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) has strongly condemned the application of The Collection of Statistics Act, 2008 to J&K saying this is “in utter disregard” to the state legislature and provisions of Article 370.
In a statement, a spokesperson of KCSDS said, “Coming close on the heels of GST, it is another major attack on Article 370 whereby govt of India will control all statistical data and further disempower the state. It is now clear that the application of this new law is a precursor to clandestine and imperceptible change of demography of the state by settling ex-army men and other non state subjects near the borders.”
The group accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of “shamelessly and brazenly violating the sacred trust and rights of people by lending a total helping hand to BJP/RSS in achieving their nefarious designs”.
KCSDS said the state legislature must demand its right to examine the law critically and vehemently oppose its extension to the state. “For the sake of petty puppet role of power, PDP has given away all the remnants of sovereignty that remained with us and people will never forgive them for this,” it said.
“As if military killing and destroy operations were not enough to strangulate Kashmiris that it (PDP) lend its tacit consent and went on a spree of destroying all legal safeguards of the state. What they could not accomplish by violence and chicanery, they would accomplish by stealth. We will never let that happen and will educate people about the implications of this act in coming days,” the group said.
KCSDS is also deeply concerned and anguished by the decision of Indian military tribunal to bail out the army personnel convicted for killing innocent persons in the Machil fake encounter case.
It has appealed the UN, human rights organisations and international community to “take a deep look” at the case and other hundreds of such cases where Indian security agencies are “purposely committing crimes against humanity with impunity”.