Senior citizens protest against civilian killings
G K NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, July 2: Srinagar City Senior Citizens Forum has strongly condemned the killing of innocent civilians and other human rights violations allegedly by the security forces in the length and breadth of Kashmir Valley, terming it most unfortunate.
In a statement today, a spokesman of the Forum expressed serious concern over the alleged attack on civilians’ houses by the police and paramilitary forces in several localities of Srinagar city as reported by the media. “The Khaki clad armed forces are supposed to maintain law and order in the land and provide protection to civilians’ life and property. No law permits them to barge into the houses of civilians, smash doors and widows, beat inmates and ransack their household belongings while dealing with the demonstrators. It has been observed that the security forces operating in Valley while dealing with the demonstrators beat innocents, throw stones on the houses of people and barge into their rooms, invading their privacy and damaging everything they lay their hands on. In some cases they use very foul language and show utter disrespect to innocent womenfolk sitting their houses. Why the police and other security forces do so, nobody asks them. They have become law unto themselves,” said the spokesman, demanding immediate action against the ‘erring’ police and CRPF cops.
The spokesman expressed outrage over the killing of innocent teenagers by, what he called, unbridled security forces in Srinagar, Sopur, Varmul and Islamabad. He appealed to scholars, religious preachers, lawyers, human rights activists and other civil society members to rise to the occasion and register protests against the innocent killings and other human rights violations by the Khaki clad men. He expressed solidarity with the families of martyred youth and prayed for the speedy recovery of injured in police and CRPF firing at different places.
The spokesman demanded that the curfew and other restrictions on the movement of people should be lifted immediately and all the arrested youth released.
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