Bar condemns forces’ action

SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, on Thursday condemned the killing of Mehraj-ud-din Lone, alias Danish, a resident of Baramulla, and injuring of six others by government forces at Ladoora, Rafiabad.
The Bar Association also condemned the injuring of 300 more civilians across Kashmir.
The Bar Association also condemned the raid on Jama’at Islami Central Office at Batamaloo, Srinagar, and the arrest of Zahid Ali Advocate, who is a member of the J&K High Court Bar Association.
The Bar Association also condemned the slapping of PSA of Dr G M Hubi, the father of Javid Hubi, Budgam, who, it said, was arrested a week before and was kept at police station Charar-i-sharief and has now been detained under PSA and lodged at Kotebalwal Jail Jammu.
The lawyers’ body also condemned the detention of 33 employees of Education Department of Kupwara district for participating in pro-freedom protests.
“When all the employees of government of J&K are protesting against the human rights violations in the state and are also asking for the right of self-determination, initiation of action against 33 of such employees is not only illegal, improper and unethical, but also discriminatory and based on extraneous considerations,” it said.
The association also expressed “surprise” on the report of the seven member Expert Committee constituted by the govt. of India for exploring the other possible alternatives to pellet guns as non-lethal weapons.
“The committee was required to recommend an alternative, but as per the report of the expert committee, it has not only suggested the use of alternative viz ‘chilli-filled grenades, stun lac shells’. It has also given a free hand to the ruthless forces to use the pellet guns, so as to kill Kashmiri people with both the armaments at one and the same time, which is highly condemnable,” it said.
“The recommendations of the expert committee also exposes the hollowness of the statement of Indian home minister made before the Parliament as well as in a press conference at Srinagar in which he said that ‘after finding an alternative, the use of pellet guns would be stopped’,” it said.

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