Lawyers con­demn ran­sack­ing of mosques, houses in Kul­gam

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—In oc­cu­pied Kash­mir, the High Court Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (HCBA) has strongly con­demned the ran­sack­ing of houses and mosques by per­son­nel of In­dian armed forces at Kol­pora in Kul­gam.

The Bar spokesman in a state­ment is­sued in Srinagar said that the forces per­son­nel posted at Ash­muji Devsar, Khud­wani and Kul­gam camps barged into the three mosques and scores of houses at Kol­pora ran­sack­ing the be­long­ings, smash­ing win­dows and doors, and mer­ci­lessly rough­ing up the in­mates of the houses in­clud­ing women and chil­dren.Mean­while, the Bar asked the au­thor­i­ties to file ob­jec­tions to a pe­ti­tion seek­ing re­view of its judg­ment whereby it had ruled out ju­di­cial probe into mo­lesta­tion of a girl and sub­se­quent killing of five civil­ians by forces in Hand­wara and Kup­wara.

On May 4 this year, the High Court while dis­miss­ing a pe­ti­tion by the Bar As­so­ci­a­tion for Ju­di­cial probe by a sit­ting High Court judge as un­nec­es­sary, had held that it was not a case where the court would need to take any ac­tion in ex­er­cise of its in­her­ent pow­ers. The Bar had also pleaded that Ju­di­cial Author­ity be di­rected to as­so­ciate with it a high level in­ves­ti­gat­ing team, headed by a cred­i­ble po­lice of­fi­cer of the rank of IGP, so that, si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the con­duct­ing of the ju­di­cial probe, the FIRs reg­is­tered at Hand­wara, Drug­mulla, Nuth-Nusa and Kup­wara were also in­ves­ti­gated.—KMS

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