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Awami Itehaad Party(AIP) president Er Rasheed on Saturday visited village Shartgund Bala and adjoining areas where the encounter had taken place, resulting in the killing of Manan Wani and his colleague Aashiq Zargar.

Er Rasheed talking to residents of Shatgund village of Langate in north Kashmir’s Handwara.

Er Rasheed while expressing sympathy with those, whose property was damaged during the encounter, assured them of all possible help.

The spokesman in a statement said on the occasion Er Rasheed condemned the use of force against civilians and accused forces of crossing all the limits.

Er Rasheed questioned state DGP and army top brasses who always talk of showing restrain.

The spokesman said that Er Rashjeed sought stern action against those who picked up a youth namely Mudasir Ahmad Beigh son of Sonaullah Beigh, a resident of Jahama, handcuffed him and then mercilessly fired a bullet in his leg in presence of dozens of witnesses. Similarly, dozens were injured and the window pans and other property were damaged in Shartgund Bala, Teerina, Prungroo and Qalamabad areas.

“He also condemned Handwara Police for detaining around forty youth hailing from different areas who were on way to Lolab to attend the last rites of Manan Wani. He said that there is no reason to detain these mourners and by arresting them police has shown its true colors,” the spokesman said.

Er Rasheed on the occasion while reiterating unity among masses added that there is no substitute to right to self determination and it is the only road that leads to peace.

Er Rasheed added that those preferring cows over humans were so ruthless that they fired an innocent Gaw Maata. He challenged those making hue and cry to protect cows to initiate action against those who proved brutal not to humans only but to cows also and asked them to answer that if they don’t treat Kashmiri cow pious.

Er Rasheed also condemned the continuous harassment of Kashmiri students outside J&K especially in Aligarh Muslim University and said that party will carry a peaceful march in Srinagar tomorrow against harassment of Kashmiri students and their suspension from AMU.


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