Former college principals and senior academicians of Higher Education department have expressed serious concern use of pellets against protestors in past two months in Kashmir.
"We are concerned over the unprecedented situation that has been allowed to develop by the Government by unleashing use of lethal weapons against helpless protesters over the last two months. This has resulted in the death of 80 youth.
Moreover 700 young men and women have been deprived of normal vision because of pellet injuries. About 12000 protesters have been injured and some of them are battling for life," they said in a joint statement.
"We demand stoppage of use of lethal weapons against the protesters, setting up of a high powered judicial commission to inquire into the civilian killings and punishment of the guilty, releasing of all the political prisoners including the young men arrested recently, repealing of the laws like AFSPA, PSA, DAA. restoring all the civil liberties so as to enable people of different shades to have free political activities, creating a congenial environment for holding a meaningful, unconditional, result-oriented and time-bound dialogue with all stakeholders especially the resistance leadership of the state in order to find a lasting solution to the long standing political tangle as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir," the statement said.
The signatories to the statement are Prof. G.M. Dar, Prof. M.A Charoo, Prof. A.R Wani, Prof. Muhammad Ismail, Prof G.M Mir, Prof. M.S Khan, Prof. A.M Lone, Prof. G.N Sidiquee, Prof. G.N Aali, Prof. A.M Bhat, Prof. G.N Bhat, Prof. Peerzada Muhammad Shafi, Prof. S.A Keen, Dr. M.A Khan, Dr. G.M Untoo, Prof. Hakim Muhammad Ashraf and Prof .G.R Baboo.