Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq today denounced the "killing" of 16-year-old student Qaiser Ahmad Sofi of Shalimar in "custody".
"Qaisar was physically tortured in custody and forced to consume a poisonous substance," Mirwaiz, in a statement today, said.
Mirwaiz said, "Killing a teenager in such a cruel manner shows the level of hatred towards people for demanding their basic political rights and challenging the establishment. If this wasn't enough, ruthless force was unleashed on the funeral procession of the martyred youth by the government forces resulting in critical injuries to scores of persons, including women and children, many of who have been hospitalized."
"It is the moral responsibility of the international community to take cognizance of such repression and put an immediate stop to it," he said.
Paying glowing tributes to the Jammu Martyrs of 1947, Mirwaiz said, "November 6, 1947 is the dark day in the history of our struggle. It is a reminder of the savagery of fanatical forces who killed lakhs of unarmed Muslims in Jammu and molested the women. The sacrifices of these lakhs of Muslims is the legacy of our struggle as is the sacrifice of tens of thousands of martyrs since then who have been offering their lives for the cause of resolution of Kashmir dispute, which will continue till the achievement of our right to self determination."
Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Hurriyat, in a statement today, strongly condemned the torturing of scores of detainees in the Baramulla Sub Jail. He alleged that detainees in this jail are being given life threats.