J&K High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has termed as "eyewash" the recent visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Kashmir.
"The visit was aimed at misleading the international community into believing that the Indian government is very much concerned about the Kashmiri people, which they are not," a HCBA spokesman said.
He said a meeting of HCBA at executive council was held here today to discuss the present situation in Kashmir. "The members stated that due to the stubborn attitude of India all genuine people of Kashmir refused to meet Rajnath Singh. For showing that he met 30 delegations in Srinagar, people were imported from Jammu and other places and even one group of three persons was divided into three to show that three groups met the Home Minister. In Anantnag, the police personnel were made to wear civil dress to look like members of civil society, who were then made to meet the Home Minister," the spokesman said, terming the visit of Home Minister a total failure in so far as persuading the people of Kashmir to meet him is concerned.
"Despite his (Rajnath's) verbal orders to the forces to refrain from using pellet shotguns, only a day thereafter, dozens of people in South Kashmir were subjected to pellet gun injuries and two of the injured, a 14 year and a 15 year boy from Khudwani and Redwani villages of Kulgam District, received pellet injuries in their eyes and were referred to SMHS Hospital for treatment."
Paying rich tributes to all those who were slain by the armed forces during the past three weeks, the members vowed to play their role more effectively to take the ongoing struggle to its logical end.