Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Srinagar has strongly condemned the arrest and detention of over 50 persons in Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam areas of Kashmir and the sealing of all entry points leading to Tral, ahead of Burhan Wani’s death anniversary.
The association also flayed Army, CRPF and SoG personnel for barging into Burhan Wani’s house and forcing his father to demolish the tents erected in the compound, for asking the visitors to vacate the premises and to handover the youth, who had assembled, to show their solidarity with the family apart from ransacking the house.
They also criticized indiscriminate use of bullets and pellets against the civilian population at Shopian, Anantnag and Tral, who were peacefully trying to proceed to Tral, but were stopped by the forces. And to disperse them, the forces fired bullets and pellets on them, which injuries more than 30 people, including eight women. The injured had to be rushed to different hospitals, including SMHS Hospital Srinagar, for treatment.
The Bar Association also condemned the thrashing of five youngsters at Tral by Army and CRPF personnel. The youth had fractures due to the beating, they were not also allowed to leave the spot, instead were forced them to chant pro-India and anti-Pakistan slogans and it was only when their condition deteriorated that they were handed over to SDM, who, took them to the hospital for treatment.
Not just this, the Bar Association slammed the imposition of curfew in all major and small towns of Kashmir and also in the interior villages of Pulwama, Shopian, Tral, Kulgam and Anantnag, including Srinagar, Baramulla, Bandipora and Sopore and converting the entire Kashmir into an army garrison, where no one was allowed to move out of his home on July 8.
While paying tributes to Burhan Wani and all those who have laid their lives for the cause of people of Kashmir for the last 70 years, the Bar Association made its stand known by stating that clamping curfews, sealing the roads, locking the mosques to prevent the people from offering prayers, arresting and detaining civilians in interrogation centres and police stations and by killing and blinding the unarmed people, mostly teenagers, with bullets
and pellets, nothing can be achieved except the wrath of people of Kashmir.
“Kashmiris are committed to achieve the right of self-determination at all costs and thus the only way to resolve the Kashmir issue is to accede to their right and hold plebiscite in the state under the auspices of United Nations.”