Army takes note of lat­est ‘atroc­ity’ tape

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THE VIDEO AL­LEGEDLY SHOWS SOL­DIERS STEP­PING ON THE BOD­IES OF LASHKAR MIL­I­TANTS ABU

IS­MAIL AND HIS AS­SO­CIATE ABU KASIM

Days af­ter a video footage show­ing In­dian army sol­diers step­ping on bod­ies of two mil­i­tants in Kash­mir, army on Satur­day said it has taken cog­nizance and promised “suit­able ac­tion”.

The video pur­port­edly shows sol­diers step­ping on the faces of the bod­ies of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) mil­i­tants Abu Is­mail and his as­so­ciate, Abu Kasim, who were killed in an en­counter ear­lier this week but no of­fi­cial has yet com­mented as to who are the mil­i­tants in the video.

Videos of al­leged atroc­i­ties and hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions of Kash­miris have dom­i­nated the nar­ra­tive this year in the strife­torn Val­ley.

In April, a video emerged of a group of Kash­miri youth heck­ling CRPF jawans re­turn­ing from duty on the day of Sri­na­gar by-polls on April 9 and re­sulted in a na­tional out­rage.

What fol­lowed was a tor­rent of videos show­ing se­cu­rity forces com­mit­ting atroc­i­ties and hu­man rights ex­cesses on civil­ians, in­clud­ing us­ing a “hu­man shield” by the army and the tar­geted shoot­ing of a teenage stone pel­ter on the day of the by-poll.

Ac­tivists in Kash­mir say that such acts are of­fen­sive ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional pro­to­cols on armed con­flicts. HTC

Home min­istry of­fi­cials said Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh, who re­turned from a four-day visit of Jammu and Kash­mir (J&K) ear­lier this week, is quite taken by Kash­miri stu­dents whom he met dur­ing his stay in Sri­na­gar.

Singh met close to 70 del­e­ga­tions dur­ing his visit which in­cluded politicians, busi­ness­men, traders and stu­dents.

“Three to four groups of young stu­dents had come to meet Mr Ra­j­nath and the min­is­ter was ex­tremely im­pressed by what they had to say. The stu­dents were ex­cep­tional in their ap­proach on ev­ery is­sue...” a se­nior home min­istry of­fi­cial said.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial, the stu­dents told Singh they wanted ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in­side Kash­mir, greater trans­parency be­tween the gov­ern­ment and cit­i­zenry, and most im­por­tantly, peace in the Val­ley

“They wanted him to speak to Hur­riyat lead­ers to which Mr Ra­j­nath re­sponded that he had al­ready made it clear that any­one who liked to talk to him on Kash­mir is­sue is more than wel­comed...” the of­fi­cial told HT.

Ac­cord­ing to an­other of­fi­cial.the home min­is­ter, af­ter meet­ing the stu­dents, is of the view that they are some of the main stake­hold­ers in the state . “There will be a spe­cial fo­cus on chil­dren be­low 18 years of age.Plans on fu­ture schemes, ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties and ca­reer coun­selling are some of the ar­eas that need to be worked on,” the of­fi­cial added.

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