Pro-freedom groups pay tributes to youth killed in 2010

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and National Front on Thursday paid tributes to four youth, who were killed in forces’ firing during 2010 protests.
More than 120 persons were killed in police and CRPF firing during six month agitation across the Valley.
In a statement, JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said that four youth including Bilal Ahmad Najar, Noor ul Amin Dagga, Maroof Ahmad Nath from south Kashmir’s Khanabal area and Yasir Rafiq Sheikh (Raju) of Maisuma were “brutally” killed by forces on this day.
“These innocents were killed by police in front of hundreds of people. Despite irrefutable evidence and court orders, no one has been prosecuted till this date,” he said.
Malik said that all these youth were killed in “cold blood”. “Their killings are nothing but brutal acts of state terrorism,” he added.
“Irrefutable evidences suggest that Noor-ul-Amin Dagga and Bilal Ahmad Najar were protesting along with thousands of mourners at the funeral procession of another youth Maroof Ahmad Nath, who was drowned to death by police a day before,” he added.
Malik said that police resorted to unprovoked firing “resulting in the death of these two innocent youth”.
“After killing these innocents, police team led by the then superintendent of police (Anantnag) raided their houses and locality and ransacked everything that came their way,” he alleged.
He said that the case was still pending in the court of law where “more than one hundred people have already presented their testimonies before the court”.
Malik said that police took more than one year to even register a case. “They (police) are still trying to shield the killer officer and his men,” Malik added.
The JKLF chairman said that he had also moved court in this regard and had filed a Public Interest Litigation against 2010 killings.
“The proceedings are still pending before the court.”
He alleged that “the role of so-called rulers in this regard has been extremely cruel and hypocritical”.
“It is the present PDP ruling regime that raised hue and cry during 2010 and was, on daily basis, demanding to penalise killer policemen, but they are trying to save the killers of innocents,” he alleged.
National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan also paid tributes while paying tributes to the slain youth said that the “martyrs are the torch bearers of the resistance movement in Kashmir”.
“We have already lost almost a generation to the conflict and Indian occupational forces are continuing to target our youth,” Nayeem Ahmad Khan said adding “Yasir Rafiq of Maisuma is one among them who was brutally martyred by the cruel forces in 2010”.
He said that Yasir was the lone son of his parents who was martyred only for his pro-freedom sentiments and to create a fear among other youngsters.
He also paid tributes to the youth killed in Khanabal area of south Kashmir.
Zafar Akbar Bhat also paid tributes to the slain youth.