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Kupwara boy’s killing

Srinagar, July 21: Terming the brutal killing of a minor boy of Gulgam, Kupwara Umar Farooq as the murder
of humanity, Hurriyat (M) on Saturday demanded stern punishment to the guilty involved in the act.
In a statement issued here, Hurriyat (M) said that unidentified people first kidnapped minor Umar and then
brutally killed him and later threw his body on the road which is not only extremely condemnable but takes
the lid off the rot in the Kashmiri society where heinous crimes are taking place now.
The Hurriyat said that incident like the brutal murder of minor Kupwara boy has raised goose-bumps of
every concerned citizen of Kashmir and it’s high time that all the concerned and responsible people across
Kashmir rise to the occasion to stop such incidents happening in the future.
The Hurriyat has expressed heartfelt condolence and solidarity with the family of slain Umar, who was the
only son of parents among seven siblings, and hoped that the probe initiated in the incident would be taken
to its logical conclusion and guilty by getting the hold of culprits and punishing them severely. The Hurriyat
hoped that this time, the fate of probe commission ordered by the police won’t meet the same end as that
of hundreds of probes ordered in the past.
The spokesman in a statement while commenting on the report on prisoners prepared by various judges of
the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, the Hurriyat expressed concern stated that the concern that in
Central Jail Srinagar and District Jail Rajouri, the number of prisoners lodged there is beyond the capacity,
which is an eye-opener for the international community and rights groups fighting for prisoner’s rights.
The Hurriyat stated that in Central Jail Srinagar, according to the report, 396 prisoners are lodged against the
total capacity of 364 while as there are 182 prisoners lodged in District jail Rajouri against the total capacity
of 140. The Hurriyat said that the report on prisoners has taken a lid off the fact that Kashmiri prisoners
lodged in various jails within and outside the State are meted out ill-treatment and denied necessary
facilities including the basic medical aid guaranteed by the jail manual. The Hurriyat said the fact remains
that majority of prisoners are denied fair trial with the result their detention gets prolonged.