[Barbaric, Mysterious Killings: Malik to Sit on Hunger Strike on Tuesday][Killing of Little Burhan a Serious Issue: Geelani] An ex-militant and his son received bullets injuries when unidentified gunmen hurled a grenade and opened indiscriminate firing at them in north Kashmir’s Segipora village.A three-year-old boy on Saturday became the youngest ever victim of the ‘unidentified gunmen’ — as mysterious killings claimed three more lives in the Kashmir valley in the last 24 hours.Ghulam Muhammad Bhat (38) and his three-year-old son Burhan Bashir received bullets injuries when unidentified gunmen hurled a grenade and opened indiscriminate firing at them in north Kashmir’s Segipora village in Sopore, 55 km away from Srinagar.
Bhat, who was carrying his three-old-son in the arms, died on the spot with unknown gunmen firing from a close range. However, his son Burhan, who was shifted to Srinagar’s SKIMS Hospital, died on Saturday morning. The incident took place late in the evening on Friday.
The police version, without identifying the gunmen, said, “Assailants fired a grenade first but it did not explode. A volley of bullets was fired, causing grave injures to the duo.”
Bhat was an ex-member of a militant outfit, Protesters took the body of Bhat to the highway connecting Srinagar with tourist destination Gulmarg.
Just hours after the father-son duo was attacked, the body of a Hizbul Mujahideen militant was recovered from a field of Devbugh village of Tangmarg, 40 km away from Srinagar. Identified as Fayaz Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Wayil, Pattan area, the killing sparked spontaneous violent protests. Several parts of north Kashmir witnessed a shutdown with shopkeepers closing down shops.
Indian forces used tear smoke shells and resorted to aerial firing as people participating in the last rites clashed with the police. Unconfirmed reports suggest the body of the militant has been taken to a nearby police station by the police as protest went out of control.
The latest killings come days after three bodies of the Hizbul Mujahideen militants were recovered from Pattan area on September 14.
The killings was followed by a separatist-sponsored shutdown across the Kashmir valley and also sparked violent clashes between security forces and protesters.
North Kashmir since May is witnessing a spree of mysterious attacks and killings. Six people, mainly separatist supporters were killed in point-blank attacks, in Sopore. A wave of violent campaign was also launched against the cellular services.
Terming the killing of a three years old child and his father in mysterious condition as big tragedy and very unfortunate for the people of Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference (g) Syed Ali Geelani Saturday said that no religion in the world allows killing of child even in the battle ground.
“It is the murder of the whole humanity and whoever had done this act has committed a serious crime against the humanity which should be protested by every human being,” Geelani said in a statement this evening.
Syed Ali Geelani said, “death of a Syrian child Aylan Kurdi shook the whole world and the killing of Kashmiri child Burhan has left the entire Kashmir in mourning.” “Everybody has a question in his mind that for what crime was this three years child killed.”
Demanding impartial investigation into these killings, Hurriyat patriarch said, “the way in which these killings are happening under the nose of army and police it looks like that it is the practical of that statement of the Indian defence minister, Manohar Parriker, in which he had talked about the use of terrorism against the terrorism.”
Geelani added, “thousands of people have been killed in the past by the government sponsored gunmen and those incidents are yet to be investigated and due to that these killings are still going on here. We are not calling for shutdown out of any amusement and we every time try minimum use of this option of protest but the killing of an innocent child have made this issue very serious and so we called for shutdown despite knowing this fact that the Eid-ul-Azha is very near with this belief that the people will understand the seriousness of the issue and will cooperate in making the today’s shutdown call a success.”
JKLF chairperson, Muhammad Yasin Malik, shall sit on a token hunger strike on September 22 against the barbaric and mysterious killings going on in Kashmir.
“Growing incidents of mysterious killings are a conspiracy to damage freedom struggle of Kashmiris. Kashmiris will not remain silent spectators over these gruesome killings. International community should probe these killings so that the faces behind this bloodshed are exposed. I along with others will sit on a one day token hunger strike on Tuesday, 22nd September 2015, against these killings,” Muhammad Yasin Malik said in a JKLF statement Saturday evening.
“In past JKLF usually has been holding these kinds of protest hunger strikes at its headquarters Maisuma but in view of Eid ul Azha and to save common people and shopkeepers from any hardship, this token protest hunger strike will be held at Pratap Park Srinagar (Insha Allah),” the JKLF statement said.
Malik condemned the brutal killings of three more innocents at Sopore and Kunzar that included a three year old child Burhan. “These mysterious killings have opened a new chapter of brutality and barbarism and Kashmiris will not and cannot remain silent on this tyranny. Only an international probe into these gruesome killings could expose the faces of real killers,” the statement said.
Malik appealed the international community to come to the rescue of innocent Kashmiris and hold an impartial probe to expose the ugly faces behind these recent mysterious killings.
Mysterious killings since May this year in north Kashmir
Noorbagh: Rafiq Akbar Haji (23) was killed on May 25 when the attackers fired inside a BSNL franchise office
Dooru: Ghulam Hassan Dar (50), a former militant, was killed for hosting a mobile tower on May 26.
Sopore town: Sheikh Altaf-ur-Rehman (46), a member Hurriyat’s Geelani faction, was killed ) on his way home from the Sopore hospital on June 9. He remained behind the bars under Public Safety Act
Bomai: Khursheed Ahmad Bhat (35), a shopkeeper, was shot dead at Bomai village on June 13. He faced several cases of stone-throwing.
Badambagh: Mehraj-ud-Din Dar (38) was killed outside the house outside his house on June 14. Dar was once JKLF member.
Mundji: Ijaz Ahmad Reshi (38), a former Harkat-ul-Mujahideen militant, was killedoutside his house on June 15.
Pattan: Bodies of three militants were recovered from a field on September 14
Tangmarg: Body of Hizbul militant was found on September 19