Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday took out a protest march here from party head quarters Nawa-e-Subha, Srinagar demanding an end to human rights “violations” in Kashmir.
The protest march demanding a time bound fair probe into the custodial killing of Rizwan Asad Pandit was led by general secretary Haji Ali Mohammad Sagar. The rally was organized by party’s district president Srinagar Pir Afaq. The protest march saw active participation of party workers, YNC functionaries and other office bearers. Party’s provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, former speaker Mubarak Gul, women’s wing President Shameema Firdous, central secretary Irfan Shah, Er. Sabiya Qadri, YNC Provincial VPs Ahsan Pardesi, Younis Gul, workers were part of the protest rally.
The protesting party functionaries raised slogans against the anti Kashmir policies of the incumbent governor and demanded a through inquiry into the recent custodial death of a youth Muhammad Rizwan Pundit.
Addressing the rally party general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar said, “Today we have held this protest demonstration against the unbridled human rights violations. We want to bring it to home to those committing these excesses that Kashmiris are not orphans; National Conference will continue to raise voice against any injustice and human rights violations being unleashed on Kashmir and its people. We will continue to give voice to our people.”
Flaying the governor administration for its sheer misgovernment and inefficiency, Sagar said, “Police is passing the buck on NIA and NIA is passing the blame on people for the unfortunate custodial death that has occurred the other day. The ineptitude and unaccountability besetting the state administration can be gauged from the fact that no one is being held accountable for the regrettable death of a young teacher,” adding, “we impress upon the incumbent governor to initiate time bound inquiry into the incident. The perpetrators should be brought to justice as soon as possible.”
“Our party spokesperson has already demanded a thorough inquiry into the matter the other day. The woes of the people know no limits. People across Kashmir are being intimidated unjustifiably. Quiet recently in Sopore people were baton charged by police. Such incidents will not help improve the situation in Kashmir,” he said.
“The recent custodial death is also reflective of the sheer unaccountability that the state is beset with. We have highlighted the issue at every forum. Our party president and vice president have raised their voice at various forms,” he said.