SRINAGAR: The State Economic Reconstruction Forum (SERF) has expressed serious concern over New Delhi’s “repeated failure in controlling its security personnel from killing the innocent Kashmiri youth”.
“The security forces spill innocent blood and then take shelter behind the state, which invariably provides them protection,” a statement issued here after a meeting of SERF’s members said.
It said the “unending trials, minimal convictions, legal resistance, and the state’s complicity in protecting the accused” has put question marks over the system of crime and punishment in the Valley.
“It would be simpler if the state declared that killing a Kashmiri is no longer a crime,” it said. “Or is it (the state) doing so by indulging in repeated violations?”
Lashing at the Indian media, it said, “Where are the champions of human rights in the media? Why don’t they get the families of these murdered children on their channels?”
The forum alleged that the relief and rehabilitation packages for the flood-affected families were stuck in red tape.
“No effective support is being provided to them. The homeless and displaced population is where it was six weeks ago. The government’s efforts for relief and rehabilitation have come to a standstill due to Durbar move and announcement of the elections,” it said.
SERF will request Chairman of the State Level Bankers Committee for a meeting to review implementation of the relief and rehabilitation packages offered by various banks operating in Kashmir, the statement said.
“SERF will vigorously follow-up on the memorandum of demands submitted to the state government and New Delhi. A high level delegation will soon be sent to Jammu and New Delhi for this purpose,” it added.