SRINAGAR: While condemning the death sentence to Muzaffar Ahmad Rather (28) by a Kolkata court, Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA) on Wednesday said that thousands of such Kashmiri boys have been subjected to “judicial tyranny”.
In a statement, the lawyers’ body said that thousands of young Kashmiri boys are arrested and labeled as “terrorists and subjected to judicial tyranny where no chance of proving their innocence is available to them.”
“This has been a pattern and state policy exhibited in cases of Afzal Guru and others,” the Bar Association said. .
It said that in pursuance of “similar acts of state terrorism, the forces claim to have killed two boys belonging to LeT in Ganderbal. There being no mechanism available to investigate the veracity of such claims made by the state forces, the matters become suspicious in view of the past history of fake encounters in the state,” it said, counted fake encounters like Chattisinghpora where 36 innocent Sikhs were killed, Machil where three youths were murdered and “numerous” such reported case.
“In the absence of any international intervention, the life of the ordinary citizens is at the mercy of a soldier empowered under draconian laws like AFSPA etc,” the statement said.
Referring to heightened security arrangements in wake of Indian Republic Day, the lawyers’ body said, “Another reign of terror has been let loose and all the citizens are harassed and humiliated throughout the length and breadth of State in the name of imaginary security threats.”
The Bar said that the people of the state are facing immense difficulties which are aggravated by the “excesses committed by the security apparatus in name of maintaining law and order.”
The lawyers’ body announced to bring all the ‘excesses in the notice of the High Court and apprise the world community about the situation of rights prevalent in this part of the world.”
It also endorsed shutdown call and other programme given by the joint resistance leadership on January 26.