HCBA condemns use of brute force on protesters in Srinagar
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