Srinagar: Condemning the killing of two teenagers by the army, the J&K RTI Movement on Tuesday stated it would launch a campaign on the pattern of Tosamaidan Bachao Front to seek revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
“The atrocious crime of army again reminds about draconian laws like AFSPA, which provides impunity to troopers serving in this militarized region. The atrocities and killing cannot be legitimized by the world’s ‘biggest democracy’ and cases can’t be put under the carpet by shielding its forces time and again,” a party statement said.
It said Kashmiris were never safe under these “draconian” laws.
“The entire population of Kashmir region has been living under a constant terror of these laws for the past 25 years. The state has been calling for probes, which have not delivered any justice in past cases.
“Ordering a probe in Kashmir is futile exercise and meant to shield the culprits. The need of the hour is to revoke AFSPA and other inhuman laws from J&K as soon as possible so that no human loss takes place in future. India needs to be serious about the revocation of AFSPA now,” it added.
“We appeal the conscious citizens and civil society members to support us on this cause like they did earlier during demilitarization of Tosamaidan campaign,” it said.