SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) Srinagar has strongly condemned the running over of three youth by a CRPF vehicle at Nowhatta on Friday, out of whom one Qaiser Amin Bhat, an orphan, died in the hospital.
Bar in a statement issued here said also condemned the “indiscriminate” firing of pellets and teargas shells on the mourners of Qaiser Amin Bhat at Fateh Kadal on Saturday terming it the “worst kind of brutality unleashed by the Indian government and its forces with active support from its collaborators in Kashmir”.
The Association also ridiculed the registration of an FIR against the CRPF driver u/s 279 and 337 of the RPC which provides punishment against a driver, who drives any vehicle on any public way in a rash and negligent manner, so as to endanger the human life and also causes hurt to any person by such rash and negligent person, “forgetting that the CRPF driver had ran over his vehicle over three innocent persons, out of whom one died and the other two are still battling for life in the hospital and as such it was a clear case of murder and not a case of causing hurt to a person”.
The registration of the FIR against the driver of the CRPF vehicle is an attempt to shield the culprit, Bar said adding that the driver has committed the crime in a broad daylight, which has been videographed and seen by everyone on social media.
“The Bar Association also denounces the stand and stance of Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta, who while reacting to the registration of FIR by the police against the CRPF personnel have accused Kashmiri politicians of being quick to condemn the security forces and have also stated that they will not allow anyone to demoralise the security forces and that they have given free hand to them, which virtually amounts to the giving of further licence to the forces to kill the innocent and unarmed Kashmiri people through the new phenomenon and method of moving them down under their vehicles,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, in a meeting held on Sunday, the members of the Bar Association expressed their grief over the demise of Advocate Jahangir Ahmad resident of Sir Syed Abad Bemina.
Expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, the members prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the deceased’s soul in peace and give courage to the bereaved to bear the irreparable loss.