Human Rights Watch Hails Arrest

Human Rights Watch Hails Arrest

12 February 2010
Greater Kashmir


New York: Global rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch has said the arrest of a Border Security Force (BSF) constable accused of killing a teenager Zahid Farooq could be an important step to curtail “security force abuses in Kashmir.” “The Indian government should also investigate and appropriately punish any senior officers implicated in the case,” the US-based group said. “It is extremely rare for the security forces in Kashmir to turn over one of their own men to the civilian justice system,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, senior South Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Now they should go a step further to see if senior officers were also responsible.” The killing of Zahid Farooq followed the death of 14-year-old Wamiq Farooq Jan 31 who died when he was struck by a tear gas canister as the police tried to disperse a crowd protesting Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir.


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