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Amnesty International (AI) has strongly condemned the killing of a Sarpanch in South Kashmir’s Awantipora area last evening.

“Attacks by armed groups on civilians demonstrate contempt for fundamental principles of humanity,” said Amnesty International India, in a statement.

Quoting police reports AI has said in its statements that, unidentified gunmen took 45 year-old Mohammad Amin Pandit, a sarpanch, from his home in Pulwama district in south Kashmir on the night of April 17 2014, and shot him fifty yards away from his house. The statement further said that he was declared dead on arrival at a local hospital. No group has claimed responsibility for the killing.

“A number of sarpanches or local government officials in Jammu and Kashmir have been attacked by suspected members of armed groups in recent years,” AI said adding, “Amnesty International consistently opposes human rights abuses committed by both armed groups and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.”

AI has demanded that the perpetrators in the shooting of Mohammad Amin Pandit must be brought to justice in proceedings that meet international fair trial standards.

AI has also said that authorities must investigate all human rights abuses promptly, effectively and transparently.

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