Expressing shock and grief over the gruesome murder and rape of minor girl at Trikanjan, Uri in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Wednesday demanded exemplary punishment to the guilty involved in the heinous crime.
In a statement here, Mirwaiz said that every citizen is shocked and outraged by this barbaric incident in once a simple and humane Kashmir.
" Uri incident has come at a time when entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is grappling with the brutal rape and murder of nomadic girl of Kathua. Those guilty in Kathua girl's rape and murder are yet to be punished and the gruesome incident of Uri has left people of Kashmir once again shaken," Mirwaiz said.
He said the shocking incidents like Uri in a place known for upholding religious and social values has left a big question mark as to which direction Kashmiri society is going.
"The way the girl was murdered and physically assaulted is a major concern for every citizen of Kashmir and it's the responsibility of every Kashmiri to take note of such incidents which are a wakeup call about the rising crimes in the Valley," he said.
Mirwaiz also demanded immediate release of Sarjan Barkati who was arrested during 2016 unrest stating that he is being deprived of all the basic facilities guaranteed in the jail manual which is taking toll on his health.
Mirwaiz expressed serious concern over the prevailing situation in south Kashmir, people have been left on the mercy of forces as everyday CASOs are launched to instill fear and to break the resolve of people there.