Bandipora Killings Widely Condemned
10 February 2004
News Network International
Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the killing of five civilians in Bandipora by Indian troops while using them as human shield has been widely condemned by various political and religious groups. The All Parties Hurriyat Conference strongly condemned the incident saying India will not be able to coerce Kashmiris into submission by such brutal acts. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) said, this macabre incident has exposed the real face of the so-called Indian democracy in held Kashmir. The incident is not the first of its kind, the JKLF spokesman said and asked the international community to take serious note of it, reports KMS. 'Over the years the international community has acted as a mute spectator to Kashmiris' sufferings and the silence has encouraged India and its troops to commit worst crimes here', he observed. While reacting to the Bandipora incident, former Hurriyat Chairman and Awami Action Committee (AAC) president Mir Waiz Umar Farooq said that the government of India should rein in its troops, who have turned Kashmir into a killing field. He warned that if India failed to stop such gruesome incidents, it will hamper the peace process. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) while condemning the killing described the use of humans as shield as a worst offense. 'Troops here consider people animals', said Jamaat-e-Islami spokesman in a statement. He said the killing of five people was an act of terrorism. 'But no one denounces this terrorism and world community is watching this as mute spectator,' he said. The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party head Shabbir Ahmad Shah also condemned the killing saying Government of India is killing people and at the same time claiming it is for peace. This is the dubious policy of the government of India in occupied Kashmir, he added.