Lawyers protest to demand impartial probe

The lawyers were not allowed by police to march beyond the main exit gate of the court premises.
Lawyers protest to demand impartial probe
Scores of lawyers assembled in the premises of District Court Complex Moominabad here and raised pro-justice slogans. The protest was led by HCBA Chairman Advocate GN Ronga. Screengrab

Srinagar: The J&K High Court Bar Association (HCBA), Srinagar, on Thursday held a protest march here, demanding impartial probe in the Hyderpora encounter and return of bodies to families for last rites.

Scores of lawyers assembled in the premises of District Court Complex Moominabad here and raised pro-justice slogans. The protest was led by HCBA Chairman Advocate GN Ronga.

In his address to protestors, Ronga said that HCBA stands in solidarity with "victim families" and demands impartial probe and return of bodies to families for last rites.

He added that Kashmir has become a place where killings are now a routine. "One evening we hear a Policeman was killed, next morning a civilian and third day a shopkeeper or salesman. The killings are going unabated and there seems no accountability," Ronga said.

He added that people of Kashmir have suffered a lot and HCBA urges all responsible to help people of Kashmir in getting out from these sufferings. "We want all responsible to play their role in bringing peace and prosperity in Kashmir," Ronga said.

He added that similar protests were organised in other districts of Kashmir by all District Bar Associations such as in Anantnag.

The lawyers were not allowed by police to march beyond the main exit gate of the court premises.

" We are demanding a high level impartial probe in this matter and also appeal to conscience of people at the helm of affairs to return the dead bodies of civilians to their families for last rites," one of the protestors said.

"The Bar Association is equally concerned about day to day spike in civilian killings and appeal the concern to show maximum commitment towards human rights to stop the process of killings," they added.

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