Killing of political workers decried

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), a human rights group here, on April 11 demanded an impartial and independent probe into the killing of political workers across the valley.  “We are concerned at the spate of killing of such workers belonging to different religious and political parties. Five such workers have been killed, so far, this year,” says a spokesperson of JKCCS in a statement issued here. Demanding a probe into the killings of these workers, he said “such killing only creates a culture of intolerance and chokes dissent. JKCCS has urged all combatant forces including security forces and members of United Jehad Council to refrain from killing of, any civilian political workers. Political killings here have always remained an enigma. Every time it results in a blame game that has only helped perpetrators to escape responsibility.”

Meanwhile, disposing off a complaint by independent legislator, Engineer Sheikh Abdul Rashid from Langate in Handwara, State Human Rights Commission, on April 5 asked government to pay a compensation of Rs. one lakh and give a job each under SRO 43 to kin of victims of Machil fake encounter case wherein three civilian were allegedly killed by the army in Kupwara in May last year. The legislator had moved an application before the Commission in May last year after the encounter was exposed.

Pertinently, three youth; Shahzad Khan, Riyaz Ahmad Lone and Mohammad Shafi Lone of Nadihal-Baramulla were kidnapped by security forces in connivance and after hatching a conspiracy with Bashir Ahmad Lone and Fayaz Ahmad Ikhwani, SPOs working with the army, were killed in a fake encounter at Machil sector of Kupwara.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 15

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