Asks int’l community to probe the matter
SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, has expressed deep concern over the reports that government forces are using chemical weapons and agents against militants during gunfights.
In a statement, Geelani while referring to Bahmnoo, Pulwama encounter said Indian forces are using chemical agents against “brave hearts” which is a “serious violation of human norms”. He urged international community to investigate the matter.
Geelani said India is engaging all its military might against “unarmed and innocent” people in the state and “trampling all humanitarian rights” of civilians.
“Indian forces during encounters besiege a large area and the residential houses are blasted and razed to ground. At times, these forces make innocents including children as human shields. People feel insecure even in their residences,” he said. The Hurriyat chairman said the use of chemical weapons is against the Chemical Weapons Convention. He said India and its forces have “crossed all limits”.
Referring to reports by eyewitnesses about the Bahmnoo encounter and details about charring of bodies and use of chemical weapons, Geelani said the dead bodies of militants were charred beyond recognition.
He appealed the international human rights organisations to “take cognisance and help save precious lives in Indian occupied state”.