Srinagar, Apr 18: Jammu and Kashmir High court Bar Association strongly condemns the use of brutal force on the students protesting against the kidnapping, rape and gruesome murder of eight year old girl Aasifa in a beastly manner.
It has been reported that today 15 injured mostly female students were brought to District Hospital Anantnag, who had been injured by Police and Security forces while they were leading a protest march from GDC Khanbal towards town on K-P Road. The names of the female injured are Fiza Ashraf , Nadiya Ayoub , Hena Shafi, Naziya Farooq, Fatima Jan, Naida, Aasia, Midhat and Khushboo. Fatima Jan & Naida have received injury due to fire from pellet guns on their chest, nose, legs and abdomen while as others have fractured bones and injuries on vital parts of body like forehead etc. Umaid Ahmad has fractured left arm injury near total amputation and has been referred to Bone and Joint Hospital Sriangar. Others in critical condition are Nadeem, Umaid of Hover Mushpora, Umaid of Naibasti, Gh Rasool, Nadeem of Waghamaand Nadeem Ahmad of Redwani.
Similar incidents of use of brutal force on protesting students have been reported from Pulwama, Awantipora, Dooru, Kulgam & Tral. Students have taken protest marches against the murder of Aasifa but were stopped by Security forces using heavy tear gas shelling, pellet guns, Lathis and stones. In Pulwama Asif Nabi, Shahid Ah.Dar, Wasim Ah.Dar, Ishfaq Ahmad Bhat, Umar Rashid are reported to have received critical injuries. In Tral almost fifty students have been injured among which there are numerous female students who have fainted due to use of toxic tear gas shells and have been admitted in Hospital. Similar protests and clashes have taken place in Handwara, Ganderbal and other parts of north Kashmir. Many students have been reported to have been detained illegally.
Bar Association feels concerned about the situation and the manner in which pellet guns and other toxic gases are administered indiscriminately during mob control. Bar Association maintains that holding protest demonstrations against gruesome incidents of rape in Kathua demanding action against the criminals does not deserve to be crushed by use of brute police force. It is worthwhile to mention that there have been protest demonstrations all across the world and there are reports that protest demonstrations were held in various cities of work including New York, Istanbul and Madina KSA. Why the people of Kashmir are being gagged and choked by use of brute police force. The Bar Association appeals to all people who believe in justice and fair play to support the people of Kashmir to seek fair trial of the case on fast track basis so that those who have committed this heinous crime are dealt with under law. (KNS)