SRINAGAR: J & K RTI Movement Tuesday condemned the indiscriminate firing on protesters at Seer Sopore in north Kashmir Baramulla district in which a youth was killed while three others were injured.
“We condemn the deplorable and heinous crimes committed against the innocent civilians by the forces. We consider such civilian killings as worst part of state terrorism and demand that the killers who enjoy impunity under AFSPA be punished,” it said in a press statement.
It said that not a single man-in-uniform has been punished for involvement in human rights violations.
“Probes and enquiries are a mere eyewash,” it added, demanding immediate arrest of the Indian army personnel involved in the killing.
“The trial of personnel involved in the act shall be held by an impartial judicial body on fast track,” it said, expressing solidarity with the bereaved family.
Meanwhile, President of the Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK) Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan also condemned the indiscriminate firing at Sopore.
“Indiscriminate firing on peaceful protestors shows sheer frustration and anger of the forces. Killing of youth and injuring of four others by security forces at Sopore is a barbaric and brutal act,” he said in a press statement.
“Forces in Kashmir are on a killing spree and have been granted ‘right to kill’ under the draconian laws. They are provided with absolute immunity for all atrocities,” he added.
Referring to the killing of a youth allegedly in security forces firing in Sopore township yesterday, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said, “right from 2009, there has been hardly any period when there was no innocent killing.”
A delegation of JKLF visited Sopore and met with the family of slain youth Arshid Ahmad Shah who was killed in firing by government forces on Monday.
Hurriyat Conference(M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was put under house arrest at early Tuesday, also condemned the “use of force to suppress peaceful public protests against the cold-blooded murder of Arshad Ahmad Shah by the government forces in Sopore.”
Mirwaiz said that “unbridled powers vested with the forces are allowing them to murder Kashmiris at will.”
“These killings would not stop unless all draconian laws including AFSPA are not repealed and the Indian armed forces are not made accountable for their actions as well as the guilty are not severely punished,” he said.