Srinagar, Oct 3-2009: The Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is currently under house arrest, has called for peaceful protests on Monday against the killing of a young boy in police teargas shelling at Varmul in north Kashmir.
In a statement, Geelani termed the killing as “a barbaric act.” He expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul.
“In all civilized societies, police provides protection and security of life and property to civilians but in Kashmir it does just the opposite. Here, police deems it imperative in all cases to fire bullets and teargas shells on people who stage peaceful protests. Kashmir has been turned into a police state where the constitutional and democratic rights of civilians are violated with impunity. Instead of maintaining peace, the police in Kashmir are promoting anarchy,” Geelani said, alleging the NC government was “using the Kashmir police for its own political interests.”
“Men in uniform are used to muzzle every voice raised against government,” said Geelani, adding “the people would be forced to take recourse to other means if police continued to suppress their democratic rights.”
Condemnation- Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Freedom League, Muslim League Jammu Kashmir and Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement, constituents of Hurriyat (G), have also condemned the killing of Irfan Ahmad Lone, in police firing on Friday at Varmul.
Paying rich tributes to the boy, the parties in their separate statements have, expressed solidarity with his family. They have urged the international human rights organizations to take a serious note of the issue and ask India to stop human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.Source GK and KOrg Monitoring