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DC, SSP Bandipora rule out use of chemical weapons in Bandipora encounter

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Srinagar, Nov 22: The reports submitted by the Deputy Commissioner Bandipora and the SSP Bandipora before the state human rights commission (SHRC) have ruled out the use of chemical weapons while fighting militants in an encounter on September 20 this year in which five militants were killed but admits forces use snipers, guns and also the IEDs to eliminate militants.
The response has come in reply to the notices sent by SHRC after a petition filed by chairman international forum for Justice and Human Rights Muhammad Ahsan Untoo under number SHRC/330/BPR/2018.
According to the Deputy Commissioner Bandipora’s report, on September 20, 2018, on the basis of information about the presence of five militants at village Shokhbaba, Bandipora a joint cordon was launched by police army and the CRPF and the laid down SOP was followed and the civilians who were stuck were first evacuated.
Similarly, the report filed the SSP Bandipora reads that the militants opened fire on forces but the forces first evacuated civilians stuck in the compound where militants were hiding. In the encounter all five militants were killed.
The report reads that LMG, INSAS, Ak-47 and IED were used against the militants. The petitioner had sought details as to whether forces were using chemical weapons to kill the militants during encounters.
Reacting to the reply, the petitioner said that it was so unfortunate that forces are using IEDs to blow up houses where militants hide. He said is it that the IEDs are so powerful that besides razing the houses they burn the bodies of militants beyond recognition? “I urge the commission to seek a detailed report from the Government of India over this serious issue,” he said. “Use of IEDs against militants is not only unfortunate but a war crime.”


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War never an option, give peace a chance: Farooq to Indo-Pak

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Srinagar, Feb 23: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Saturday asserted that war unleashes countless miseries on people urging India and Pakistan to end hostiles.

Farooq Abdullah while addressing a gathering at Banihal said, “War with it brings destruction and it does not determine who is right, it only determines who is left. We have seen four wars in our state. If the war takes places, the matters will escalate and invite international notice. Is India ready to see the issue of Kashmir being racked up in the United Nations Security Council?”

Party president maintained that any misadventure aimed at fiddling with the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir will have serious far-reaching consequences for the state and the country.

 

“I pray that sanity prevails over the people at the helm of affairs in New Delhi. The situation demands de-escalation.

The hostility between the two nations has held the development of both countries hostage, our state in particular always comes in the line of fire,” he added.

Farooq while appreciating the efforts of the people of Banihal in ensuring the stranded Kashmir bound passengers all help, said, “The resoluteness and unity with the people of Banihal who carried out relief operation for stranded Kashmir bound passengers is worth appreciation. I also congratulate the local wing of NC led by District President Ramban Sajad Shaheen which left no stone unturned to ensure all possible help to the stranded Kashmir bound passengers.”

Farooq while censuring the Government of India for failing to meet the developmental demands of the people of the state said, “We see how China is coming up with infrastructure along the border areas. People may question what the incumbent government was able to achieve during its stint in power. We all know nothing substantial was achieved during the past few years, no infrastructure augmentation. On the contrary, joblessness has increased. This government is only good at rhetoric and slogan mongering,” he said.

Party President later took stock of the arrangements made by local wing of NC for stranded passengers.Farooq also appreciated the people of Ramban for maintaining communal bonhomie and urged them to continue to kindle the flame of brotherhood and communal amity amongst them.

Among others district president Ramban Sajad Shaheen accompanied the party president.

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Govt playing with fire by unleashing terror on unarmed people: PDP

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Srinagar, Feb 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday condemned the fresh wave of arrests in Kashmir Valley, questioning the government strategy to turn the already perturbed situation more chaotic and violent.
In a statement issued here, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that the uncalled for, unjustified and undemocratic means are being adopted in Kashmir by the government with a sole motive to silence the peoples’ voice.
He added that reign of terror is being unleashed with people as old as 80 years being bundled in jails by the governor administration without any reason.
He also condemned the nocturnal raids launched last night in Kashmir’s different parts and terror reminiscent of Ikhwan period being uncashed upon the people.
“It is nothing but a clear war hysteria being created in Kashmir wherein things were subtly returning to equanimity. People are being unnecessarily harassed and intimated with fear being manufactured across Kashmir. We condemn such a state action and demand immediate rollback of such muscular policies,” said Hanjura.
He also cautioned the central government over fiddling with the state’s special status, saying that protection of Article 35-A is a matter of life and death for the people of the state and they can render immense sacrifices for the protection of their unique identity.
Hanjura said that instead of a confrontational approach, the central government should understand the gravity of the situation and take reconciliatory measures which is not only beneficent for the people of Kashmir alone but for entire south Asia.

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‘Force and intimidation’ will only worsen situation: Mirwaiz

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Srinagar, Feb 23: Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday condemned JKLF chief Yasin Malik’s detention and the crackdown on the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir leadership, saying “force and intimidation” would only “worsen” the situation.
Police swooped on Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir members in Kashmir during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, and detained around two dozen of its cadres, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz, hours after JKLF chief Yasin Malik was detained on Friday night.
“Strongly condemn the nocturnal crackdown on Jamat-e-Islami leadership and cadres and the arrest of Yasin Malik. Such illegal and coercive measures against Kashmiris are futile and will not change realities on ground. Force and intimidation will only worsen the situation,” Mirwaiz posted on Twitter.
The action comes days after an attack on a convoy in Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives on February 14.

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