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05 October 2020

Day by day, every incidents of killing Kashmiri youth by Indian army proves that J&K is used as an occupied region under India army, which is using AFSPA for criminal assaults on people and killing of youth. The Sopore killing of three youth and a woman shows the extent to which army’s criminal acts acts can go. Even an enquiry by the army officers has proved that the action went beyond the provisions of AFSPA. Not only all the political parties and democratic rights organizations, the International Forum for Justice and Human Rights chairman, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, has sharply reacted to what he called “the cold-blooded murder of Irfan Ahmed Dar in custody” in Sopore on Wednesday.

In a statement, Untoo said, “the killers never value a human life and create fear among the youth.” He said that lies are being manufactured by the security forces to hide their crimes.

“To add insult to the injury, the forces have denied the right of burial also which is a grave insult and interference in the religious matters,” he said. He said that he would be approaching the UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty International and Human Right Watch to apprise them of the situation.

After an internal probe into the Shopian encounter which led to the death of two young men and a minor boy, the Army has found that those killed were indeed from Rajouri as their families had already stated – and that “during the operation, powers vested under the AFSPA 1990 were exceeded.” The Army also said in a statement that “the Dos and Don’ts of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) as approved by the Hon’ble Supreme Court have been contravened” in the course of the operation. Though the army headquarters is forced to admit so much under pressure of public opinion, it is not stated what action is going to be taken against the killers. The families of the three youth had written to J&K’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, seeking his intervention to help them get back the bodies of the three and give them a proper burial

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