SRINAGAR: Kashmir’s civil society on Thursday evening held a candle light protest against what it termed “bullet and pellet policy” of Jammu and Kashmir government, saying more than 50 youth have lost their lives and hundreds have been blinded or injured grievously by pellets.
Holding chief minister Mehbooba Mufti directly responsible for the ongoing unrest, the members of civil society said she can’t remain mute to such actions of forces which are directly accountable to her as she holds charge of home department also.
Doctors, engineers, advocates and other people from different walks of life assembled at Press Enclave here under the banner of KCDS and held candle light protest.
They termed the use of bullet and pellet against peaceful protestors as crime against humanity.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Hameeda Nayeem said that Government of India should stop killings and blinding our generation in Kashmir.
“State terrorism has been unleashed on the unarmed Kashmiris. Peaceful protestors are retaliated with bullets and pellets. India which claims to be the largest democracy of world is committing crimes against humanity in Kashmir,” she said.
“Shaheed Burhan took the gun after India disallowed people of Kashmir to raise their voice through democratic means. What India is doing in Kashmir must be denounced by one and all across the globe,” she added.
Referring to the violent Jat agitation in Haryana, she said that protestors damaged state properties worth Rs twenty thousand crore. “But not a single protestor was killed because Government of India treats them as their own citizens. On other hand, India claims Kashmir to be its integral part but treat people of Kashmir as its enemies,” she added.
“In Egypt, army refused to use any sort of force or fire on the protestors. Forces here are using brutal means against unarmed civilian,” she said.
Dr Mufti Altaf Hussain said “India has suspended all the fundamental rights of people of Kashmir. Every right is being denied to Kashmiri in Kashmir.”
“Kashmir is the only place in world where pellets are used against humans,” he said, adding that even kids are being targeted with pellets.
“Were these kids also pelting stones or threat to the security of the state? It is shame for the government,” he said.
Those who took part in the protest include Advocate Arshad Andrabi, Advocate Muhammad Ashraf, Dr Mubeen Shah, columnist Z G Muhammad, Abdul Majeed Zargar, Er Anwar Ashai, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Sadiq Baqal, Sakeel Qalander, Dr Javid Iqbal and others.