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Civilian killings widely condemned: Separatists blame forces; mainstream says killings can’t be justified

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Srinagar, Apr 01: Separatists and mainstream parties have expressed grief over the killings of civilians in the day-long protests and clashes in Shopian.
In separate operations, the Army, police, and CRPF, killed 11 militants on Sunday. The strikes were carried out as counter-insurgency operations in three different areas in South Kashmir in which three Army soldiers and two civilians were killed.
Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that as long as the government of India will continue to address Kashmir issue with aggression, Kashmiri will continue to die or be forced to pick up the arms.
“As long as Govt of India addresses the political and humanitarian problem of Kashmir militarily and through force Kashmiri will continue to die or be forced to pick up arms for resistance and the onus for this and its repercussions is completely on them.” Mirwaiz wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter.
Mirwaiz in another tweet said that “More havoc for #Kashmiris who are at the receiving end of execution and repression as the toll of civilians brutally killed has risen to 2 while 8 militants have been martyred, 100s of people injured and many hit in the eye by pellets used by Indian forces in #Shopian.”
Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), former Union Minister and veteran Congress leader Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz while condemning the killings said that the aggression can lead us to nowhere and things can’t hide forcefully. The government should understand that there is no other option than to hold talks.
Senior CPI(M) leader and MLA Kulgam M Y Tarigami while expressing his grief, said Killings can’t be justified. It is a condemnable act and tragic part is when unarmed youth is being killed.
“The tragic part is that the pellet guns are still being used that are responsible for blinding many people. I express my deep sorrow with the families.”
Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) on Sunday warned that if the situation was left unaddressed it can prove disastrous as nobody can control it then.
“If the Kashmir situation is not addressed properly it has every potential to go out of control of everybody,” Moulana Tari said adding if the killing spree does not end immediately the circumstances can go anybody’s beyond control.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Srinagar in a press statement have urged International community to take serious notice of the happenings in Kashmir.
The Bar Association also requests the United Nations and the members of the Security Council including the International Criminal Court, OIC and other human rights organizations of the world, to take cognizance of the matter and besides getting those, who are responsible for the killing of innocent Kashmiris prosecuted, get the resolutions of Security Council on Kashmir implemented, without any further loss of time because the non-implementation of those resolutions is a sad reflection on the very functioning of the United Nations and the Security Council.
While expressing its solidarity with the families of those killed on Sunday said the Bar Association requests its members to abstain from court work on April 2.
“We register our protest against the innocent killings and the reign of terror let loose by the occupational forces in the State of J&K.”
While expressing shock over killings in Shopian and Islamabad, districts of South Kashmir, independent Lawmaker, and Er Rasheed said that every encounter is a set back to the efforts of restoring peace and normalcy in the state.
The spokesman quoted the Er Rasheed saying “those expecting return of normalcy by killing militants are living in fool’s paradise and are misleading entire India. The killing of every militant not only increases alienation but makes Kashmiris realize that Delhi does not want any political solution to the Kashmir dispute but seems adamant to deal the situation with iron hands.”


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NC takes out march to protest custodial killing of teacher

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Srinagar, Mar 21: National Conference (NC) on Thursday marched from its Nawa-e-Subah headquarters here to protest against ‘custodial killing’ of a youth, stating that the death of a private school teachers is unacceptable.

The protesters led by NC’s provincial president, Nasir Aslam Wani carried out a rally today towards Tourist Reception Center (TRC) while chanting slogans in favour of their demands

Wani said the death of youth in custody is condemnable and to carry out a protest today was aimed to convey a message that such killings are unacceptable to the people of Kashmir.

 

“Though such killings have taken place in the past but now, the era has changed and it is unacceptable to people of Kashmir as we have moved far much ahead from the previous scenario,” he said.

He said that matter must be probed and those involved in the act be dealt with strictly.

Wani said the policies are being adopted here through which the situation is being deteriorated and will have serious consequences in the future.

He said arresting and killing people in custody won’t be tolerated by the people of Kashmir.
Earlier, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah had also demanded a time-bound investigation into the custodial death of a school teacher in Jammu and Kashmir and exemplary punishment to those responsible for the death.

“I had hoped custodial deaths were a thing of our dark past. This is an unacceptable development & must be investigated in a transparent, time bound manner. Exemplary punishment must be handed out to the killers of this young man,” Abdullah had tweeted.

Rizwan Pandit, 28, died in police custody here during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, an official had said.

Pandit, who was a teacher at a private school and a resident of Awantipora in Pulwama district, was picked up by the security agencies three days ago, the officer as per reports had said.

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Custodial killing of teacher: Kashmir Inc hold joint protest at Jamia Masjid

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Srinagar, Mar 21: Various trade bodies on Thursday stage a protest against what they termed as killing of a civilian Rizwan Pandith of Awantipora on Tuesday in police custody.

Carrying placards and raising slogans, the traders held a joint protest at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, demanding the killing spree in the Valley be stopped.
“Killing of innocent civilian who was a private school principal is a deep-rooted conspiracy and a planned genocide of people of Kashmir,” the traders said.

Terming the incident as highly unfortunate, Sajad Gul, spokesman of the trade bodies said, “We urge the Indian civil society and international bodies such as Amnesty International to come forward and play its role. If this attitude of the Central government continues there will be serious consequences.”

 

“How can they kill any innocent without any justification? Civilians continue to get killed and get maimed at the will of trigger happy forces as it is the worst form of human rights abuses and violations in Kashmir,” Gul said.

He said because of the unbridled powers given to the forces and the lack of accountability, every day innocent civilians are brutally killed, which is condemnable in all forms.

Pertinently, JRL had appealed all segments of society including traders, lawyers, bar association, civil society and others to protest against the ‘custodial killing and assaults on Kashmiris’.
Those participated in the protest include KEA, KTMF, KCCI, KTMF(R), FCIK, Beopar Mandal S R Gunj and other trader bodies.

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For hiring photographers, JKSSB wants Science not Mass Comm graduates

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Srinagar, Mar 21: Much to the surprise of many aspirants, Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) has entertained Science graduates over Mass Communication degree holders for the post of junior photographer.

The JKSSB on February 01, 2019 advertised number of posts including the post of junior photographer for home department.

But to the surprise of mass communication candidates, the JKSSB has only asked, those candidates to apply who possess bachelor’s degree in science and diploma in photography from a recognized institute.

 

“There are number of mass communication candidates who have been struggling to get the job. It is quite unfortunate that JKSSB has not considered us for the post, “said a mass communication candidate, Mudasir Ahmad.

Another candidate, Irshad Ahmad said that authorities at JKSSB should bring necessary changes in the eligibility criteria.

Irshad said it is not fair to deprive them from applying for the post.“I fail to understand, why we have not been considered for the job. The post requires technical qualification, B.Sc is an academic qualification, it has nothing to do with Photography. A mass communication guy has vast know how of the things, “he said.

When contacted, Public Relations Office (PRO), JKSSB, Ashwani Hansa said that the post has advertised in accordance with the indent received from the home department.

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