Bar condemns alleged forcing of youth into labour by army

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SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar on Wednesday strongly condemned the alleged summoning of youth and snatching of their identity cards by army in Ashmuji village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district and thereafter beating and forcing them to do labour jobs in the camp.
In a statement, Bar said, “By calling youth to their camp and beating them over there and also forcing them to do labour jobs, the army is violating their legal as well as fundamental rights as well the safeguards available to a person, in a conflict area under the international law.”
“The Bar Association feels that the statements made by three boys namely Mohammad Amir Sheikh, a final year student; Umar Rehman Dar, class II student; Suhail Ahmad Dar (final year student); 40-year-old Mohammad Altaf Khanday, in this regard and reported by the media should not be brushed aside so easily. The international community as well as the human rights organisation, functioning all over the world, should therefore, take immediate notice of these events and come forward to stop the humiliation of the people of Kashmir at the hands of Indian Army,” the statement said.
The Association has condemned the arrest of 4 life convicts namely Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Mohammad Ayoub Mir, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh and Showkat Ahmad Khan, “who had been released on parole and in respect of whom the High Court had passed various interim orders directing that they should not be taken in custody, until the disposal of their cases pending in the High Court”.
“The police has not only arrested them but after lodging them in Central Jail, Srinagar, but three of them namely Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Mohammad Ayoub Mir and Nazir Ahmad Sheikh have been shifted to Kot Bhalwal Jail, Jammu in flagrant violation of the orders of the High Court,” it said.
“The Bar Association, has therefore, decided to bring all the aforesaid facts to the notice of the High Court and seek initiation of appropriate contempt proceedings against all those, who have flouted and are flouting the orders of the High Court with impunity,” the statement said.
The Bar also expresses its deep concern over the death of Mushtaq Ahmad Chopan of Tral, who was arrested on 9 January 2018 at Sopore and while in police custody, died allegedly in a grenade attack near police station Tral on 26 February 2018 which has been doubted by his relatives and neighbours, who allege that Mushtaq was killed in a fake encounter, the statement said.
“Instead of ordering a magisterial enquiry and conducting of an internal investigation, the matter should be probed through a judicial authority and the result of such an enquiry should be made known to the pubic quickly,” Bar demanded.