Srinagar, April 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the forum patronised by the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, has demanded impartial probe into Barakpora massacre and other incidents of mass killings in the territory. The forum spokesman in a statement in Srinagar paid glowing tributes to the eight innocent Kashmiris who were brutally killed by Indian police in Barakpora area of Islamabad in 2000.
He said that the tragic incident of Chittisingpora massacre occurred on March 20, 2000, in which Indian army shot dead dozens of innocent and unarmed Sikhs during the dark night. He said that after a few days, Indian army claimed of killing five foreign militants responsible for the Chittisingpora massacre. However, he said that later it came to fore that these five persons were Kashmiri civilians who were killed in a fake encounter.
“On April 3, 2000, people came out on the roads and protested against these massacres. The police party led by SSP Farooq Khan indiscriminately fired upon the peaceful protesters which claimed lives of eight civilians while thirty six people received critical injuries in that firing,” he stated.
The spokesman said that Indian forces had been committing serious and grave war crimes in the occupied territory and had killed thousands of innocent people. He deplored that all incidents of killings had remained unnoticed and not a single involved trooper or policeman was punished so far. He demanded impartial investigation into these mass killings.
The spokesman also demanded registration of cases against the then SSP Farooq Khan and other personals responsible for Barakpora carnage. Meanwhile, Hurriyet leader, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, in a statement in Srinagar also paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of Barakpora massacre. He said that the sacrifice of Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste and their mission would be accomplished at all costs. Yousuf Naqash said that the Kashmir dispute was the main cause of tension and instability in the region and it should be settled in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations.
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