Jammu and National Conference on Sunday expressed dismay over the impunity and contempt with which the seven civilians were killed the other day in the Sirnoo hamlet of Pulwama.
In a statement issued from party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah, Srinagar south zone president Dr Bashir Ahmad Veeri castigated the forces for unleashing a bloodbath in Sirnoo village.
“The violence and killing spree has engulfed the valley. Along with civilians, three militants and security personnel were also killed. What is adding salt to the wounds is the shocking cold response of incumbent BJP government towards it. The central government has shut its eyes and ears to the brazen human rights violations in the valley,” he said.
Veeri said the theater of death and destruction that was orchestrated in the Sirnoo hamlet of Pulwama will go down the history but the bereaved families will have to live with the pain throughout their lives.
“Killing of unarmed civilians mostly youngsters has deeply shaken the whole valley. It is horrendous and heart wrenching to ascertain the disdain with which our youth are being devoured upon,” he said.
South zone president said that the fateful incident could have been avoided had the forces adhered to proper SOP’s.
“I urge the government to think of means and methods so that innocents are not caught into the frenzy of death and destruction. I urge the incumbent administration to initiate a time bond inquiry into the whole episode. A fact-finding team should be immediately deputed to the Sirnoo hamlet of Pulwama,” he said.
He said that there is an immediate need for a parallel reconciliation policy and the monster of death and destruction that has been let free since BJP-PDP came into being has to be replaced with reconciliation. “Violence will beget violence. Such gory incidents do not auger well for peace to return to our valley,” he said.
Veeri said no one could possibly gauge the trauma the bereaved families are going through. “Our sympathies cannot bring the dead back. However, I pray to almighty to salvage us from the current tumultuous times. May peace prevail and may the distressed families rise again,” he said.