Fake Encounters Result Of Impunity To Armed Forces: Hurriyat

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Srinagar: Expressing concern over the reports of fake encounter of three Rajouri youth in south Kashmir’s Shopian district last month, Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday said that Indian army has brought back painful memories of Pathribal and Macchil fake encounters with this incident.

In a statement issued here on Tuesday, a Hurriyat spokesperson said that staged killings, torture and disappearances are the result of heavy militarisation of J&K and the complete immunity which the armed forces enjoy from law and accountability for over three decades. Due to the alleged impunity, he said tens of thousands of Kashmiris have died and property destructed.

“India army brought back painful memories of Pathribal and Macchil fake encounters and exoneration of the guilty,” the Hurriyat spokesperson said, while referring to the alleged fake encounter of three Rajouri men by state forces in Shopian on July 18.

“Since last year, those Kashmiris killed in encounters are buried discreetly by the authorities in far off places, as their bodies are not even handed over to their families raising serious questions about the whole exercise such as what happened in the killing of these missing labourers,” the Hurriyat spokesperson said.

“It is extremely inhuman and immoral and of course suspicions to not even hand over the bodies of those killed to their kith and kin for identification and burial.

Claiming that the human rights abuses of all kinds against the people of Kashmir were at its peak, the Hurriyat spokesperson urged rights organisations and the world community to ask government of India to stop such acts immediately. The Hurriyat also sought an impartial probe into this “brutal and heart wrenching incident”.

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