Justice continues to elude Chattisinghpora massacre victim families: Hurriyat (M)

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SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday said even after the passage of 18 long years of the Chattisinghpora massacre, justice continues to elude the 35 families whose dear ones were killed in the incident.
A spokesperson of the conglomerate in a statement expressed solidarity and sympathy with the families of Chattisingpora incident. “Like other dozens of massacres committed by forces, the Government of India and the state government continues to adopt a criminal silence even as guilty are roaming free,” he said.
The spokesperson said probes announced in Chattisinghpora, Pathribal fake encounter have always been used a weapon to clam the tempers of people and buy time. He said not a single probe ordered by the successive regimes so far has been taken to conclusion let alone punishing the guilty.
“In the past three decades, Kashmir has witnessed brutal massacres including Zakoora, Islamia College Hawal, Gaw Kadal, Sopore, Bijbehara, Kupwara, Handwara, Shopian and many others where in forces fired indiscriminately at the innocent people turning the streets of Kashmir red everywhere.”
“In all these massacres, what people of Kashmir got from the ruling regimes is announcement of probes which actually was a mere eye-wash. The fact remains that justice continues to remain a distant dream for their families,” he said.
The spokesperson expressed serious concern over the “unabated human rights violations in Kashmir including harassment and detention of youth and the frequent search operations” and termed it as an eye opener for the world human rights.
The amalgam urged the world human rights bodies to take strong notice of the “worst form of human rights violations” being committed in Kashmir by government forces. It strongly condemned the harassment of people and alleged vandalising of properties in the name of CASO across Kashmir.