SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) Srinagar has strongly condemned the firing of indiscriminate pellets and teargas smoke shells inside the historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar on Friday.
Bar in a statement said, “It is not for the first time that the government forces have used bullets, pellets and teargas smoke shells against the people, who wanted to offer their prayers in the Jamia Masjid but in the past also, these forces have used such methods against the people just to harass and humiliate them and prevent them from offering their prayers in the mosque.”
The Association said the deployment of forces around Jamia Masjid on Fridays has also created a sense of fear among traders as well as shopkeepers, who have to close their shops and business establishments and are thereby deprived of earning their livelihood by these ruthless forces.
It said on one hand, it is being proclaimed that there is ‘Ramadhan ceasefire’ and no army operation will be carried out in any part of Kashmir, but on the other, the people who only want to offer their prayers in mosques are being targeted, teased, tortured and attacked with bullets and pellets, without any provocation, just to prevent them from performing their religious obligations, which is highly shameful.
Bar also condemned the nocturnal raids conducted by forces at Arwani Bijbehara in south Kashmir. It also condemned the treatment meted out to the Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Tihar Jail “who are being targeted psychologically by either confining them in small cells or in big wards along with criminals who leave no stone unturned in harassing and humiliating them”.