JKLF, Hurriyat (M) condemn night raids, arrests in Old City

JKLF, Hurriyat (M) condemn night raids, arrests in Old City

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik on Monday said that despite repeated objections and reports from Amnesty International and other international institutions about human rights’ abuses, India continues to use “suppressive measures” in Kashmir.
In a statement, Malik said that use of pellet guns and other lethal weapons on peaceful protestors continues unabated in Kashmir. “International community should shun lip services and do something practical to safeguard human rights of Kashmiris,” he added.
Malik said that police and forces have increasingly used lethal pellet guns against peaceful protesters and have injured many youth critically.
“I recently visited many such injured youth in hospitals and witnessed their plight. Many of them have lost their eye sight and it seems that forces only target the upper body parts to cause maximum damage to these innocent youth,” he added.
He said that in this holy month of Ramadan nocturnal raids, arresting youth and torturing and abusing common people has become the order of the day.
“Hundreds of youth are being put behind the bars. In fact present rulers of Jammu Kashmir have beaten the previous records of oppression and suppression,” he added. These rulers used to make tall claims of ‘Goli nahin boli and battle of ideas’ but today they have turned more tyrannical than Hitler,” he alleged.
Hurriyat Conference (M) on Monday denounced the arrest of around 18 youths in old city during the nocturnal and pre-dawn raids conducted by the police.
The spokesman, in a statement, while expressing concern and said that it was highly unwarranted and shameless that government forces were raiding the houses of youth during Pre-dawn (Sehri) hours in this holy month of Ramadan, causing harassment in the residents.
The spokesman said the parents of youth were worried since after the arrest of their wards, they were being locked up at unknown places.
He said the parents were being kept completely in dark regarding the location of their sons by the concerned police authorities for reasons known to them, adding, the police was violating the basic human and legal codes while doing such a draconian act.
He said during raids on houses of the youth, the police often resort to ransacking, beating of residents, harassing women folk, adding, such aggressive action was against all civil and democratic norms.

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