SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Monday demanded an impartial probe by a transparent agency into the mysterious killing of a 19-year-old fruit dealer Zahid Ahmed Bhat who was found dead while on way to Rajasthan.
A spokesperson of Hurriyat (M) in a statement said, “It is very unfortunate that while on one hand Kashmiris are unsafe in their own homeland as people irrespective of their age and gender are being killed, arrested, maimed and blinded while on the other, Kashmiris doing business in other parts of India too are being made soft targets and brutally murdered.”
He said it has been observed that students, businessmen and even a common Kashmiri are made targets in various Indian states and subjected to various forms of harassment.
“It’s an irony that the murder of Zahid Ahmed Bhat was being given a colour of suicide by the J&K government to hide its failure of ensuring proper protection of Kashmiris outside the state, which is highly condemnable,” the spokesperson said and extended sympathy and condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for the highest standards in Jannah for the slain youth.
“It is the moral responsibility of the heads of various states of India to give proper protection to all Kashmiri students, businessman, trades, fruit dealers and carpet sellers so that Kashmiris can ensure their stay away from home without any fear,” the spokesperson said.