January 2008 News

JK Human Rights Watch blames militants for rights violation

3 January 2008
The Daily Excelsior

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Watch (JKHRW) today alleged that militants are mainly responsible for violating the human rights of the people in J&K State. Strongly condemning the killing of innocent people and security forces men by the militantsí, chairman, JKHRW, B L Kapoor at a press conference here, today asked the rights activists to take strong cognizance of this. Expressing serious concern over the plight of migrant families from village Maradhar and Gabar in Rajouri after 11 people were killed by terrorists in the twin villages on October 9, 2005, he demanded relief for them. These people who migrated to Budhal have not been given any relief till date, he added. Mr Kapoor, who along with other activists of his organizations including provincial president, Mohammed Farooq Inkalabi visited far flung areas of Budhal, Khawas, Peeri, Sikar, Swari, Jamole, Thana Mandi, Nowshera, Kalakote, Gogla and Manjakote has expressed concern over the pitable condition of people living there. He said the people in these villages have been deprived of the basic amenities and development. The residents of these villages are facing the problems of drinking water, health care and educational facilities is also electricity. Moreover, the area does not have proper road link and the people there are living in abject poverty, he added. The long pending demand of the people for grant of tehsil status to Budhal and Khawas has not been conceded while Health Centre Budhal functions without a lady doctor and sans medicines. Mr Kapoor urged the Government to pay attention to the problems of these people and take measures for their upliftment by way of opening schools at short distances, equipping health centres with medical facilities and redressing the other grievances of people. He also demanded launching of a special recruitment drive for the area by giving a job to one member of each family.

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