Soz writes to NHRC on Kashmir situation

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Apr 18: Seek-ing immediate intervention of the National Human Rights Commission in the Kashmir situation, former Union Minister Prof  Saif-ud-Din Soz alleged that more than 100 youth were killed and 3,000 others injured in security force and police action.
”I feel constrained to bring to your notice the fact that the  Kashmiris feel that while human rights violations have continued unabated during the recent unrest in Kashmir, the NHRC has not taken any notice of these atrocities in which more than 100 youth were killed through firing by forces and about 3,000 boys and girls were injured, especially their eyes were extremely impaired through the pellets,” the senior Congress leader alleged in his memorandum to the Commission.
”While I am writing this memorandum to you, there is news that two more young persons fell to the bullets,” he said in the memorandum, a copy of which was released to press today.
Prof Soz said, ”I would make an earnest plea with you for taking a serious notice of the bloodshed in Kashmir.” ”I would in particular, request you to take notice of an ugly event of high-handedness and lawlessness in which a section of the Army (reportedly Rastriya Rifles) indulged on April 9,” he said. Prof  Soz said, ”one Farooq Ahmad Dar was tied to the bonnet of a jeep as a human shield for eight hours in Budgam after which he was paraded in 9 villages to terrorize the youth there. The victim continued to tell the jawans that after casting his vote that day, he was returning to his home while he was put to the torture by the Army jawans.”


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