Protest March Taken Out Over Kulgam Killings

SRINAGAR — A larger number of people associated with the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society on Monday staged took out a protest March at Press Enclave here over the killing of seven civilians in south Kashmir area of Kulgam.

Scores of members of the Civil Society group assembled at the  Press Enclave and shouted anti-governmental slogans against the civilian killings. They urged upon the authorities to assure that justice was meted out to the bereaved families.

Later a meeting of JK Civil Society was held at its office in Tengpora Batmaloo, to condemn the killings.

The members in a media statement criticized the “brutal civilian killings” and use of “excessive force” against the public at Laroo area of Kulgam. While seven civilians  had died many a dozen others were injured in the clashes between the forces and the people.

The protest was led by Civil Society chairman, Mohammad Altaf Bhat, who also organised a condolence meeting which was attended among others by Ghulam Mohamad Bhat Hamdard, Mohd Sulaiman Bhat, Showkat Hakeem Mir, Abdul Rashid, Zahoor Ahmed Khan and Naib Khan.

Civilian Killings Unacceptable: EJAC

The Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) Monday condemned the killing of civilians at Laroo in Kulgam.

EJAC President, Ab Qayoom Wani, issued the condemnation after an emergency meeting of the Association. Wani condemned the “innocent killings” in Kulgam and said that “civilian killings can never be justified and are unacceptable to the people of J&K.”

He urged upon human right organisations to use “their good offices to stop such type of killings so that sense of insecurity may end” and demanded that “open court enquiry be conducted to punish the government force personnel involved in the incident at an earliest so that such incidents may not be repeated in future.”  The EJAC President also expressed sympathies  with the bereaved families and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured people.

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