Hurriyat (M), JKLF, ML condemn custodial death of Awantipora school teacher

Hurriyat (M), JKLF, ML condemn custodial death of Awantipora school teacher
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Srinagar: The Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and Muslim League on Wednesday condemned the custodial death of Awantipora School teacher – Rizwan Pandit and said that the “incident has left entire Kashmir in a state of deep shock and grief and exhibits how people of Kashmir are denied the right to life”.
In a statement, the Hurriyat urged the international community and all human rights bodies across the globe to take strong note of the “killing” of Rizwan in police custody and play their role in ending human rights abuses in Kashmir.
“Conducting CASOs, arrests and policies of intimidation through different agencies are suppressive measures that cannot undo the need for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute,” the amalgam said.
The JKLF senior vice chairman Abdul Hamid Bhat in a statement said,
“It amounts to murdering a whole generation. This is the oppression that is and has pushed our generations to the wall.”
He said: “The so-called probes and investigations are only meant at hoodwinking the public opinion and provide clean chit to the killers in uniform.”
“The martyr Rizwan Pandit’s blood will not go in vain and according to the universal law of retribution, killers and their abettors will have to answer for their crimes and murders,” the JKLF leader said.
While expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, Bhat prayed for the heavenly abode of all the martyrs.
Muslim League while condemning the incident in a statement said: “Rizwan, who was a teacher by profession and was running his own school, was arrested by the police some six months back without any rhyme or reason and got detained under J&K Public Safety Act and lodged in District Jail Kathua. His detention order was however quashed by the High Court, but he was not released. Instead he was booked in a frivolous case by police Awantipora, in which case also, he got bail from a Pulwama court, but despite that he was kept in P/S Awantipora unlawfully, for about twenty days. It was after 20 days’ unlawful detention, that he was released, only to be re-arrested by the police again some three days back and while in custody, he was tortured and killed.”
The spokesman demanded time-bound investigation into Rizwan’s death.
Paying tributes to Rizwan, he said: “Killing of a teacher makes it clear that people in Kashmir are totally unsafe.”
Muslim League also appealed to the International Community to take notice of this incident and raise their voice against the human rights violations in Kashmir.