Srinagar: Political parties of all hues in Kashmir Saturday condemned the killing of a teenage boy in CRPF firing in Kulgam district and demanded a thorough probe into the circumstances leading to the death.
Expressing regret and shock over the killing of Suhail Ahmed Lone at Kaimoh, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq termed it “a naked aggression against innocent Kashmiris.”
“Even in the holy month of Ramadan, government forces were not desisting from murdering Kashmir. The cold blooded murder of Suhail reflects the motives of unrestrained forces who are not allowing Kashmiris to even express solidarity and sympathy with oppressed Palestinians,” Mirwaiz said in a statement.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Asiya Andrabi while condemning the killing said, “The killing has shown how much India values Israel and it has proved that India and Israel are together in war against the Muslims.”
She cautioned Kashmiris to be united. “Muslims in Kashmir will be forced to live in camps like Palestinians in Gaza in case they do not put a united front against the atrocities.”
Several pro-India outfits also condemned the killing of the youth.
“This is a tragedy that, as is with all such tragedies, is incomprehensible and inconsolable,” ruling National Conference spokesman J A Mattu said in a statement.
“We demand a thorough probe into the circumstances leading to the death of the youth and also demand that responsibility be fixed,” he said.
Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also condemned the death of 15-year-old Suhail. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti expressed sympathy with the bereaved family and prayed for peace for the deceased.
She said the pain and outrage against Gaza atrocities is understandable and there should be a global concern about such brazen acts of aggression against unarmed civilians.
Mehbooba said the government must also deal with the situation with care.
CPI(M) state secretary M Y Tarigami, while condemning the killing, said the culprits must be identified without delay and brought to justice.
Expressing condolences, Tarigami alleged that the administration deals with every situation either by imposing curfew or through the use of excessive force against people.
The CPI (M) leader demanded a time-bound judicial probe into the incident to fix responsibility and punish the culprits to send a message that no one is above the law.