Political parties demand probe in Sopore killing, condemn Batamaloo woman’s killing

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 9/18/2020 12:05:13 PM

SRINAGAR, Sep 17: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday condemned the killing of a woman KounsarReyaz in a gun fight that broke out in Batamaloo, Srinagar saying that such incidents do not augur well for the furtherance of everlasting peace in the region.
According to statement, party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar while condemning the incident said the killings like these will not help the situation improve. “Such incidents belie the claims of the government on zero tolerance towards human rights violence. The dignity of human life should be respected and protected at any cost. The incident should not be allowed to pass by without asserting the circumstances leading to the killing. I, on my behalf and on behalf of the party express unison with the grief-stricken family. We strongly condemn the incident in unequivocal terms and demand a thorough probe into the incident. We also express our solidarity with the grief-stricken family in their hour of grief,” he said.
Party’s Central Secretary Irfan Shah has also condemned the killing of KounsarReyaz and demanded a time bound probe into the killing. He has also expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
Several political party leaders, including former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir also condemned the death of a Sopore youth in police custody, saying that “stories are being fabricated to justify killing innocent civilians”.
A former chief minister and president of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, whose twitter account is currently being operated by her daughter, Iltija Mufti, through a tweet said that the cold-blooded murder of a shopkeeper wrongfully accused of being an OGW is a grim reminder of how truth is mangled.
“The cold-blooded murder of 23 yr old Irfan Ahmed Dar, a shopkeeper by profession wrongfully accused of being an OGW is a grim reminder of how truth is mangled & stories are fabricated to justify killing innocent civilians in J&K,” she tweeted.
Peoples Conference (PC) president and former minister SajadGani Lone in a tweet stated that it is imperative that the sanctity of human life is restored in Kashmir. “Sopore incident just doesn’t add up. They have done a bad job even at inventing a story. The guilty need to be punished,” he said.
“It is imperative that the sanctity of human life is restored in Kashmir. Move beyond statistics. Stop treating bodies as statistics. These [are] human lives,” he wrote in his another tweet.
Apni Party has demanded a high level probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of Irfan Ahmad Dar, a 23-year-old youth from Sidiq-Colony, Sopore. In a statement, Javid Baig, spokesman of Apni Party demanded that the government must constitute an inquiry into the incident in order to ascertain the veracity of contradictory claims made by police and family of the deceased youth.
“Even if the claims of the police are true that the slain youth was an over ground worker who allegedly took advantage of darkness to escape and during search, his body was found at Tujjar-Sharief, the police cannot be absolved of its responsibility warranted under law. The circumstances which led to his death need to be probed in order to find the truth,” Baig added.
He urged the Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha to order a time bound probe taking into account all the aspects of the unfortunate incident which has triggered a fresh wave of anger and alienation in the whole area. “The claims made by police and the bereaved family into this unfortunate incident cannot be ascertained unless impartial investigations are conducted into this incident in a time bound manner,” Baig said.
In a tweet, former chief minister and National Conference (NC) Vice president Omar Abdullah said that the administration can’t possibly win back the confidence of the people if “encounters” like Shopian or suspicious deaths like Sopore are allowed to pass without the facts being established and guilt.
“The administration can’t possibly win back the confidence of the people if “encounters” like Shopian or suspicious deaths like Sopore are allowed to pass without the facts being established & guilt, when determined, fully punished. @manojsinha_ must intervene in both these cases,” he tweeted.
Hurriyat Conference (M), in a statement, also said that reports of another cold blooded murder in custody of Irfan Ahmed Dar from Sopore are “extremely sad and disturbing”.
The statement added, “these extra judicial killings by the authorities that keep taking place in the valley at regular intervals to sustain the atmosphere of fear among people are condemnable to say the least.”
Hurriyat appealed to all rights bodies to take cognizance of these brazen human rights violations and bring the culprits to book.

 

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