Srinagar: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) on Friday condemned the killing of teenage student – Owais Ahmad Mir in police firing in north Kashmir’s Handwara.
Sehrai in a statement said: “The disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force against the protesters with impunity in which a minor boy was killed is highly condemnable and an open aggression.”
“Kashmiris continue to get killed and this once again demonstrated the worst form of human rights abuses and violations in Kashmir,” he added.
He said that “it is because of the unbridled powers are given to the forces and the lack of accountability that every day innocent civilians are brutalised at their will and in fact is now a routine affair”.
While paying his Heartfelt tributes to the slain, Sehrai said that even teenagers and small boys are not being spared. He extended deepest sympathy and condolence to the bereaved family.
He further said, “Youth are pushed to the wall due to the iron fist policy of the ruling regime which is highly condemnable. We urge the Indian civil society and international bodies to come forward and play its role.”
JKLF acting chairman Abdul Hameed Butt while denouncing the killing termed the incident as “callous and cowardly act”.
In a statement issued here, he said that “the use of brutal force is a clear display of frustration which has in-fact increased after the exhibition of election boycott and firm resistance by the people”.
“Despite chaining down the resistance camp and disallowing all its programs to reach out to the masses with the boycott call, people of Kashmir by and large boycotted these so-called elections for which people of Baramulla parliamentary constituency deserve kudos,” he added.
Expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, the JKLF leader prayed for the speedy recovery of all those injured in the clashes.
He has also condemned the forces action at Pattan and other areas.
While expressing deep concern over the continued detention of JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik in NIA custody, Butt said that from the last three days, Malik’s whereabouts are unknown.
“Nobody is being allowed to meet him and even his family has not yet been informed about his well-being and his whereabouts,” he said, adding, “We the people of Kashmir hereby reiterate our pledge that come what may, our legal and sacred struggle for freedom and right to self-determination will continue till the desired goal is achieved.”
Strongly condemning the killing, Friday said that “this act of cowardice is shameful”.
The spokesperson in a statement issued here asked “how the innocent and unarmed Owais Ahmad Mir was a danger for India and it’s democracy that he was cruelly murdered”.
He expressed solidarity with the heartbroken parents of Owais and said that the day was not far when the killers will have to answer their each and every atrocity. He scondemned the use of force against the protesters at Langate and Palhalan.