Srinagar: Warning government that people of Jammu and Kashmir will come out on roads, senior resistance leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Friday charged government of J&K for “emboldening armed forces”.
Addressing media outside the Jamia Masjid after leading Friday prayers, Mirwaiz said, “One innocent student was killed in fake encounter in Handwara, and all this happening at the behest of black laws that youth are being targeted and no one is accountable here.”
It is not for the first time that custodial killings and fake encounters have come to fore in J&K, “but dozens of such incidents have took place here”, he said.
“Government claims that they will investigate these encounters but what happened to case of Machil fake encounter,” he asked. “The accused (in the case) have been granted bail. It is because of government’s behaviour which is encouraging that anyone can be picked up and killed in custody.”
The army had issued a statement on Tuesday evening that a “non-local militant” had been killed in a “gunfight” in Handwara forests.
Next day, when the army handed over the body to police, some locals identified the body that of a civilian, Shahid Ahmad Mir, son of Bashir Ahmad Mir, resident of Daril Tarathpor Ramhal.
He was a college going student.
The Hurriyat Conference (M) chief questioned as who should be asked to probe the Handwara killing.
“Governments offer Rs 5 and 10 lakh (to the family of deceased)… is life of Kashmiris so cheap,” he questioned.
The Mirwaiz said that Kashmiris are being targeted “under a design”.
“Army has been given free hand and it is because of the black laws that no accused can be arrested nor can be any one held accountable,” he added. “Due to which people are very angry.”
Stating said that south Kashmir has been turned into a battle field, Mirwaiz said. “Youth are being killed… government forces raid houses, people including women are being beaten…human rights violation are at peak.”
“This all is eye opener for the international community; they must see and know how humanity, democratic values are being murdered in Kashmir,” he said appealing them to act.