Srinagar: Work in Srinagar courts was affected on Friday as members of Kashmir High Court Bar Association stayed away from the proceedings in solidarity with the families whose kin were martyred in Handwara and Drugmulla, Kupwara, by government forces during the past four days.
The lawyers’ body also announced to file a Public Interest Litigation in the High Court at Srinagar for an inquiry into the killings. Besides, it also announced to set-up a fact-finding committee in collaboration with District Bar Association Kupwara.
Since there was no holiday in courts on account of Ramanavmi on Friday, the lawyers abstained from courts in solidarity with the families.
“During the past few days, it is being suggested by pro-government think tank in their debates on New Delhi based news channel that there is now no need to conduct any enquiry into the matter, because the girl has made a statement which has been filmed and circulated through social media that she has not been molested by any army personnel,” general secretary of the KHCBA advocate Bashir Sidiq said in a statement issued here.
He said while the girl and her father are in police captivity since the date of incident, “One does not know as to how and in what way her statement was recorded in which she stated that she was not molested by any army personnel.”
The decision to file the PIL and form the fact-finding committee was taken at the Bar’s General Body meeting here. The members paid homage to all Kashmiris who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom of Kashmir and also to those who were martyred at Handwara and Dragmulla, Kupwara.
The members also condemned the killing of the innocent civilians and prayed Allah to bestow freedom to Kashmir “so that people also live a peaceful life, without any threat to their life and liberty at the hands of ruthless and barbaric forces.”
The members also castigated chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for her statement calling those killed as poor and “therefore, they will be given compensation.”
“Paying compensation is no substitute for multiple murders and ruining several innocent families in perpetuity,” Sidiq said.