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HC Bar Assncondemns killing of Pulwama youth

Srinagar, Sep 3:J&K High Court Bar Association,has strongly condemned the killing of a youth, Fayaz Ahmad Wani, of village ChewaKalan, Pulwama, who was critically injured and referred to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Association also condemned the injuring of other civilians by the forces, and launching of CASO in 18 villages of Pulwama District, “without any rhyme or reason”.

“It is the worst kind of reign of terror, let loose by the forces in Kashmir, aimed at to intimidate, threaten and harass the innocent people of Kashmir of dire consequences, if they continue to demand the right of self-determination and implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions guaranteeing them the said right,” the HC Bar Association said in a statement.

It condemned the use of pellet guns and teargas shells during a search operation by the Government Forces, at Laddi Imam Sahab village of Shopian, causing injuries to seven civilians, out of whom four with pellet injuries in their eyes, were referred to Srinagar hospitals for specialized treatment.

The Bar Association also denounced the arrest of two house owners, Mohammad Yousuf Wani and Mushtaq Ahmad, “for no fault of theirs and terms the same as an act of vengeance and brutality, deserving utmost condemnation from one and all.”

The Association also condemned the ill-treatment meted out to the Kashmiri inmates lodged in different jails of the State and outside.

It termed the incident relating to Haji Abdul Gani Bhat, a 65 year old resident of Sopore at Central Jail, Srinagar, where recently he was forced to remain naked in the jail premises as shameful and contrary to the safeguards enshrined in the constitution and the Jail Manual, of which serious notice should be taken by the High Court, which is hearing a Public Interest Writ Petition filed in 2011 for providing necessary facilities and amenities to the prisoners lodged in the jails of the State.

“Every time, when the case comes up before the Court, it impresses upon the jail authorities to treat the jail inmates with compassion and provide them all facilities, which will make them to live a meaningful life, while in custody, but despite those orders, the inmates are continuously treated rudely and their life, is as such made miserable,” the Bar Association said.