Expressing shock and grief over the death of more than 120 persons in a train accident at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Monday said human loss anywhere is painful.
"Blood of innocents shed anywhere, by anybody, is painful. Natural tragedies unnerve and gloom a conscious soul, but is helpless to rectify it as it is beyond his control. But bloodshed conceived and practized by humans is within their hands, they encourage and facilitate it in the garb of their national interest or to satisfy their collective conscience," he said.
"We are a peaceful nation and we can't even dream of taking pleasure from loss of any life but can't be mute on the massive bloodbath around us. The tragedy at Kanpur is hard to put in words and deserves highest degree of condolences. We condole and console families of those who lost their lives and pray from the core of our heart for the speedy and quick recovery of the injured," he said.
"Accidents and natural calamities are not within anybody's control and one can only sympathize. But those heinous crimes and mass destructions by humans can be stopped and the victims of manmade disasters question the champions of human values that why are we being brutalized? Why are we being blinded? Why are we being maimed, tortured and jailed for decades together?" Geelani asked.
"Be it the tug of war between global superpowers, or group fighting in the name of religion or traversing the path of "Hindu Rashtra" by parcharks—for every project everywhere blood of innocent Muslims has become a necessity to achieve these ill designs and no sane voice is raised from anywhere to stop this madness. World community, champions of human rights or group of those being butchered and slaughtered every day, have sealed their lips either in the interest of their nation or their sects," he said.
"Whether it is the longstanding issue of Palestine, conflict of Kashmir or present day death and destruction in Middle East, nobody has stepped in beyond issuing statements or media cautions, which has bucked up and boosted the transgressors everywhere to carry on their dirty game," Geelani added.
Meanwhile, Geelani expressed anguish on the death of a student, Tawseef, from Deewar Kupwara in a college in Rajasthan.
"Mysterious death of our youth outside the valley especially in the educational institutions have taken a regular shape for the last so many years and has seen a steep rise with each passing day. Firstly these youngsters are harassed and hunted in their own homeland and when they move out, their miseries and sufferings fail to fade away," he said.
"Biased and communal hatred of the college authorities subject these students to the worst kind of psychological and physical torture and they are revenged for being Muslims and Kashmiris. They are brutalized, traumatized and butchered and the cases are hushed up, Geelani said.
"Local faces of this injustice and vandalism, holding the state power, shoulder these dead ones and shed a few crocodile tears to wash away their blood drenched hands to prove their innocence so that next time they knock the doors of these grieved families to fetch votes, so that they can feed their unsatiated bellies," he added.