The separatist leaders reacted sharply over the killing of civilian at Kupwara with Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, describing the action as “brutal” while Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said that the “ blood of innocent” people was being shed.
Strongly condemning the killing of civilian Asif Iqbal at Thandi Pora in Kupwara by the government forces, Geelani said that it was unfortunate and blamed state administration and police for the brutal death.
It is very sad that in Kupwara a few people voted even for BJP, said Geelani, adding that taking part in election process is “betrayal with the sacred blood of martyrs.”
Geelani while referring to suppressive and coercive methods employed by Indian forces said that in army custody thousands of people mostly youth, disappeared. He said that besides fake encounters, arbitrarily arrests and torture of the youth was carried out and property destroyed as forces resorted to “arson and plunder.”
Lamenting that New Delhi was resorting to deceit, Geelani said that It was India that “took the case to the UNO.”
Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while strongly condemning the killing. In a statement Mirwaiz said that Indian forces having “unbridled powers” and impunity “are trigger happy and whenever and where ever they wish they kill Kashmiris as has been witnessed in the last three decades.”
“As their is no accountability thousands of Kashmiris have been killed in such cold blood and merciless manner and not even a single soldier or policemen involved has ever been brought to book or tried by law,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that every lane of Kashmir has been turned red with the blood of innocent people over the past three decades of “intense repression.”
Questioning the criminal silence adopted by the world human rights bodies, Mirwaiz said that since past 70 years, Kashmiri people have been “killed, blinded maimed, tortured and all the international rights organisations instead of building pressure on New Delhi to withdraw its forces from Kashmir and resolve the conflict prefer to remain mum, which is extremely unfortunate.”
Mirwaiz extended his heartfelt condolence and sympathies with the family members of slain Asif Iqbal.