HCBA condemns use of brute force on pro­test­ers in Srinagar

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—The High Court Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (HCBA) has strongly con­demned the use of brute force by In­dian po­lice against peace­ful pro­test­ers in Srinagar.

The po­lice re­sorted to ex­ces­sive force to dis­perse the peace­ful demon­stra­tors in Bem­ina and Bata­maloo ar­eas of Srinagar who were protest­ing against the killing of a youth, Sheikh Tan­vir Sultan. The youth and a woman were shot dead by the po­lice while search­ing a pas­sen­ger bus in Kud area on Srinagar-Jammu High­way on Mon­day. The HCBA in a state­ment in Srinagar ex­pressed sol­i­dar­ity with the fam­ily of the de­ceased. It de­manded a ju­di­cial en­quiry into the killing so that the peo­ple could know as to how and in what man­ner a 32-year-old youth, who was re­port­edly suf­fer­ing from a Psy­chi­atric ail­ment for the last two decades and was go­ing to Am­rit­sar for treat­ment of his shoul­der, was mur­dered along with a woman.

The HCBA also de­nounced the ar­rest and de­ten­tion of pro-free­dom lead­ers and ac­tivists to stop them from rais­ing their voice against the high­hand­ed­ness of In­dian po­lice. It ap­pealed to the peo­ple to ex­press their sol­i­dar­ity with the il­le­gally de­tained Kash­miris on Fri­day by or­ga­niz­ing spe­cial prayers for their re­lease. The state­ment also urged the peo­ple of Islamabad dis­trict to boy­cott the up­com­ing elec­tions for the so­called Kash­mir As­sem­bly seat and not cast their vote as the par­tic­i­pa­tion in such far­ci­cal polls had been used by In­dia in the in­ter­na­tional fora as a ref­er­en­dum in its favour.—KMS

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