Condemnations continue to pour in
Srinagar, July 20: The condemnation statements against the desecration of holy Quran and killing of four civilians in the BSF firing in Gool area of Ramban district continued to pour in for the third consecutive day on Saturday.
Condemning the Gool incidents, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights group with 47 member organisation from 16 countries across Asia, has pointed out that the Gool incident is indicative of the grave and systematic human rights abuses by BSF in the entire state of JK.
“The manner in which the BSF personnel engaged with civilians is an issue that is prevalent in all border areas, including the West Bengal-Bangladesh border. There is a culture among all security forces to use maximum possible force at the first instance. This must be addressed and remedied immediately,” said Kirity Roy, Secretary General of Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), a member organization of FORUM-ASIA in India, in a statement today.
Condemning the Gool incident, the Jamiat-Ulema-i-Hind general secretary Moulana Mehmood Madni has asked the central and the state governments to bring the erring forces personnel to justice instead of showering bullets on the peaceful protesting civilians.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has strongly condemned the incidents at Gool in Ramban district of J&K, demanding stringent action against the guilty soldiers.
In a media statement, Nusrat Ali, General Secretary, JIH said, “The regular killing of Muslims in Kashmir by police and security forces and taking no stern action against guilty officials strengthens doubt that these killings are part of government policy, which is extremely condemnable and will destroy the peace in Kashmir. Democracy and Justice demand end to the bloody trend.”
Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU), while condemning the incidents, termed these as a proof of ‘deep seated hatred’ that armed forces harbor towards the Muslims of JK and their faith. “The Union expresses heartfelt condolences with the families of those martyred and injured by the inhumane actions of BSF personnel,” said a spokesman of the Union in a statement. He called upon the Muslims of the world to stand up and take notice of the oppression and tyranny the Muslims are facing.
Denouncing the incidents, the chief patron JKLF (R) Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo termed IG BSF’s statement ridiculous in which he had claimed that the force was used in self-defense to stop the protesters from causing harm.
Condemning the incidents, the spokesman of Kashmir Social Reform Movement (KSRM) said the BSF personnel first hurt the religious sentiments of the Muslims by desecrating the holy Quran and Masjid Sharief and then by resorting to outrageous act of indiscriminate firing on the peaceful protesters, killing four civilians and injuring scores of others. He demanded stern punishment for the accused BSF men.
The Federation Chamber of Industries (FCIK), while condemning the incidents, a spokesman of FCIK said, “It is a matter of deep concern that the security forces in JK very often resort to firing on innocents without any provocation. The behavior of the forces remains quite different in similar situation elsewhere in the country. The main reason for such frequent incidents is the special powers available to the security forces.”
Condemning the incidents, the Kashmir Traders Federation (KTF), Lal Chowk, has expressed sympathies with the injured people and condoled the bereaved families. It has demanded strict punishment to the culprits. It has also condemned the firing on protesters at Beehma Ganderbal.
Lastupdate on : Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 20 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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