Bar condemns civilian killing, CASOs, arrests in south Kashmir, ill-treatment of prisoners

Bar condemns civilian killing, CASOs, arrests in south Kashmir, ill-treatment of prisoners
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Demands release of Syed Salahuddin’s son, journalist

SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) Srinagar has strongly condemned the killing of a youth Fayaz Ahmad Wani of Chewa Kalan village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, who was critically injured and referred to Srinagar hospital for specialised treatment where he succumbed to his injuries.
The Association in a statement also condemned the injuring of dozens of other civilians by government forces, and launching of cordon and search operation (CASO) in 18 villages of Pulwama “without any rhyme or reason” and described the same as “worst kind of reign of terror let loose by the ruthless forces in Kashmir aimed at to intimidate, threaten and harass the innocent people of dire consequences if they continue to demand the right of self-determination and implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions guaranteeing them the said right”.
The Bar also condemned the use of pellet guns and teargas shells during a search operation by forces at Laddi Imam Sahab village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, “causing injuries to seven civilians, out of whom four with pellet injuries in their eyes, were referred to Srinagar hospitals for specialised treatment”.
“The Bar Association also denounces the arrest of two house owners namely Mohammad Yousuf Wani and Mushtaq Ahmad for no fault of theirs and terms the same as an act of vengeance and brutality, deserving utmost condemnation from one and all,” the statement said.
The Bar Association condemned the “ill treatment” meted out to Kashmiri “freedom loving” prisoners lodged in different jails of the state and outside.
It referred to the “incident relating to Haji Abdul Gani Bhat, a 65-year-old resident of Sopore at Central Jail, Srinagar, where recently he was forced to remain naked in the jail premises as shameful and contrary to the safeguards enshrined in the constitution and the jail manual, of which serious notice should be taken by the High Court, which is hearing a Public Interest Writ Petition filed in 2011 for providing necessary facilities and amenities to the prisoners lodged in the jails of the state”.
The Bar condemned the arrest of Syed Shakeel, son of Syed UJC chief Syed Salahuddin and an employee of SKIMS Soura, Srinagar; and of journalist Aasif Sultan, who was picked up by police during a raid at his Batamaloo house on the night of August 27, 2018.
The Association termed it as “unwarranted, unjustified and revengeful” and calls upon the members of international community and all human rights organisations to intervene in the matter.
The Bar condemned the killing of a nine-year-old innocent girl of Uri and demanded that the case be investigated by a competent and honest team of police officers so that the culprits are immediately brought to book and are awarded exemplary punishment by the court.