Forces deliberately damaging civilian property: HCBA

Srinagar: The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has condemned the destruction of civilian property at Ahmad Nagar on the outskirts of Srinagar.
In a meeting presided over by Aijaz Bedar, vice-president of HCBA, “deep concern was expressed on the blasting of house of advocate Asma Rangrez and house of the uncle of advocate Aijaz Ahmad Dar at Ahmad Nagar by the Indian forces on (Monday) and it was observed that the state forces in the name of anti-militancy operations are deliberately and intentionally damaging and destroying the civilian property to harass the common man and perpetuate psychological warfare in the state and deter the people to (shun) the path of freedom struggle” a statement said.
“The destruction of civilian property in the name of anti-military operations is forbidden by law and International Conventions,” it said.
“J&K is a unique state where the Indian armed forces are destroying the civilian property and kill unarmed civilians with impunity and without any answerability. Accordingly the Bar Association feels that the human rights violations are at its peak in J&K and the phenomena is carried out as a matter of state policy,” the statement said.
In the meeting sympathies and solidarity was expressed with the members of the victim families especially with advocate Asma and Aijaz Ahmad Dar. A team of HCBA comprising Aijaz Ahmad Dar, vice-president, Anwar-ul-Islam Shaheen, joint secretary, Bilal Ahmad Wani, treasurer, and Shabir Ahmad Butt, executive member, also visited the houses of the victim families to show their sympathy and solidarity with them.