Srinagar: Many of the killings and injuries during the raging anti-India uprising appear gratitutious so much so that many observers believe that these people were killed or injured only to frighten Kashmiris into surrender.
Also, doctors have testified to the fact that bullets and pellets have been fired above waist, which demonstrates that the effort was not to contain protests but to kill them by killing or maiming the protesters.
The most gruesome of these killings is that of Riyaz Ahmad Shah, a 22-year-old man from Chattabal, Srinagar, whose body was recovered from a spot where no protest or clash has ever occured in the recent history.
From the two big holes on either side of his belly, and the autopsy report that reportedly said more than 300 pellets had ripped off the majority of his organs, it seems the killer just put pellet gun on his body and pulled the trigger.
Shah was returning home after work. By the accounts of his neighbours and friends, he had never participated in a protest, leave alone throw stones at government forces.
On the evening of July 17, Danish Ahmad Jat, 19, was sitting on a shopfront along with his four friends at Rainawari Chowk. There was no demonstration and people were coming out of homes for offering prayers, believing the forces would have been withdrawn. A CRPF trooper aimed a pellet gun at the five friends. Danish took the brunt of the attack and suffered pellet wounds in both eyes. His left eye was scooped out becasue of the extensive damage, while doctors have said his right eye might retain 20 per cent of the sight.
That the urge was to kill and not to overpower or control unarmed civilians is most evident in the killing of a 25-year-old Shabir Ahmad Mir, a mason, who was shot dead inside his home on July 10 by deputy superintendent of police Yasir Qadri.
Mir had tried to free his mother from the clutches of Qadri who was allegedly beating and abusing her. High court has now ordered police to file an FIR against the accused officer.
Insha Mushtaq, a 13-year-old girl, whose face, swollen and disfigured by pellets, has become representative of the state savagery, lost both her eyes to pellet injuries. She was watching a protest march pass by from the first floor of her home when CRPF troopers fired pellets at her.
Another incident that triggered worldwide outrage was the attack on a five-year-old boy from Kokernag on July 23. The CRPF troopers, according to his father, had thrown sand into his eyes and inserted a sharp object into his left eye. After first surgery, he has not regained sight in the injured eye.
On July 11, army fire into a group of people, a sizable number of whom were women, in Churat village of Qazigund, killing two women and a man and injuring seven others. The villagers said there were no protests in the area. Army had “regretted” the killings and instituted a customary “probe”.
In TuliNowpora area of Kulgam district, a man who had gone out to ask his three protesting daughters to come home lest the police harass them, was stripped naked on the road, dragged for half a kilometre to a camp, given urine when he asked for water and knocked out of consciousness by thrusting sticks up his anus.
On July 11, a 22-year-old student Amir Nazir Lattoo of Baba Mohalla Bhijbehara was watching the protestors across the river. Suddenly, his father, Nazir Ahmad Latoo said, SHO Bhijbehara Arshid Khan shot at his son from the other side of river.
Latoo was hit by two bullets and later the SHO along with his team arrived in Sub district hospital Bhijbehara. The father said the SHO beat him, his injured son and the ambulance driver.
The ambulance driver fled and Amir’s cousin drove the ambulance but the SHO’s alleged brutality delayed the treatment by half and hour, causing blood loss.
Law professor and noted political analyst Sheikh Showkat said that it should be investigated whether civilians were targetted according to a plan or these were merely the acts of desperation.
“It can only be assessed through case by case study. All these actions have led to killed or maiming of Kashmiri youth in the end. The state is supposed to protect but the instrumentalities of the state seem to be determined to kill and maim,” he added.