MACHIL KILLINGS POINT TO LARGER PLOT: MEHBOOBA

Greater Kashmir

Dillawar Demands Commission Of Enquiry

Srinagar May 28: Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti has said the state was faced with its worst human rights crisis as “apparently an orchestrated plan to kill innocent Kashmiri youth was being executed.”
Referring to the reported fake encounter on the Line of Control in Machil sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, Mehbooba, in a statement today, said the present dispensation is incapable of disciplining the security forces “as it is completely dependant on them for its survival.”
The situation, Mehbooba said, is turning out to be far worse than what the apprehensions were “as one after the other skeletons have started tumbling out.”
Mehbooba said not even at the height of militancy would the youth be killed in such a systematic way. “But at a time when the government itself claims
normalcy and puts the number of militants at just around five hundred, it seems a premeditated plan was implemented to spread terror,” she said and pointed out it was significant that the unidentified gunmen had also got back into business lately.
Mehbooba said only a few days before the Machil killings news reports had appeared about an SPO Irfan having been involved in luring the youth from Kupwara into his net and ultimately into fake encounters. “These incidents point to a larger plot, which must be brought out through impartial investigation,” she said.
Wondering if the state was in for a new phase of a joint venture between the Ikhwan and security forces, Mehbooba said it would further retard the process of normalization. She said it seems the days of STF, SOG and Pathribal are here once again, courtesy the National Conference.
Mehbooba said the present government has miserably failed to ensure the security of life, property and dignity of the people as it was unable to enforce accountability at any level. She said since the unfortunate Shopian incident there have been a number of innocent killings with the government acting as spectators to the atrocities. No action has been taken in any case of innocent killing except that in Shopian everybody including the complainants, defence lawyers, doctors, protestors and well-wishers of the victims were prosecuted. Only the criminals were spared and shielded, she said.
In Srinagar the 14 year-old victim of police brutality, Wamiq was implicated posthumously as an accused and in Bumai, scores of protestors are facing prosecution while the killers have gone scot free.
Dismissing the magisterial inquiry announced by the government as eyewash, Mehbooba said such announcements were only a fire fighting measure to mislead people. “Unless the AFSPA is rolled back there was no hope of perpetrators getting their due punishment,” she said.
Mehbooba said she hoped the prime minister who was scheduled to visit the state soon would take serious notice of the latest reports. “Any initiative to break ice on resolution would lack credibility till such brazen acts of human rights violations took place,” she said.
INNOCENT KILLINGS UNACCEPTABLE: MIR
PDP General Secretary Muhammad Dillawar Mir while strongly condemning the innocent killings in fake encounter has demanded a high-level impartial probe to unravel the truth about all such encounters. Terming the killing of three Nadihal youth as a cold-blooded murder, he said such killings were unacceptable under any circumstances and the government is squarely responsible for spilling the blood of innocent youth.
Expressing solidarity with the families of the victims he said the PDP would use all its strength and public support to unearth the facts of this tragedy.