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Civil society condemns civilian killings

Srinagar, March 11, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS), a civil society group, condemning the loss of precious lives at the hands of forces, the fire arm injuries to hundreds of young and old persons and has reiterated the demand for withdrawal of forces from cities and towns immediately and complete withdrawal of draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the territory.

The KCSDS in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the killing of Tahir Ahmad Sofi in Baramulla in particular has once again brought the spotlight on the unwarranted presence of army contingents in the civilian areas.

“The special legislation (AFSPA) which empowers them to kill on mere suspicion, the KCSDS warns India against allotting more land to forces everywhere especially in Baramulla which has been already converted into a huge garrison. In the present case of the killing of Tahir and fatal injury to Ajaz Khan , their purpose was simply to terrorize people and keep them in line,” Reads the statement.

Rejecting the inquiry called by the authorities into Tahir’s killing, KCSDS said that any kind of inquiry by army was a fait accompli and “we reject it as we know the fate of other such inquiries.”

The members also condemned the frequent use of pepper gas for its far-reaching insidious and disastrous effects on the population of the locality.

“The expert opinion tells us that sick adults, senior citizens, being subjected to toxic gas within their homes far from the scene of agitation can be afflicted with deadly clinical problems. The infants and toddlers are peculiarly vulnerable to the noxious effects of the pepper gas.”

“The KCSDS also takes strong exception to the use of pellets on protesters in Varmul old town which has resulted in severe injuries to 85 persons. Every barbarian method is used here which has been abandoned elsewhere to suppress dissent and subjugate people in spite of the fact that it has never worked,” the statement reads.

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