164 people killed by Indian troops during 2015, says report

Srinagar, December 30, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a report released by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference in Srinagar, today, says that 206 people including 53 civilians lost their lives in incidents related to human rights violations during the year 2015. The report compiled by the Human Rights Division of the APHC led by Mannan Bukhari and assisted by Mir Imran, was presented before the APHC meeting, which was held in Srinagar under the chair of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at Rajbagh in Srinagar, today. The report was, later, released to the media.

The meeting discussed in detail the ill effects of use of pellet guns and teargas on protesters, and other human rights abuses including denial of juvenile rights, enforced disappearances, custodial killings and fake encounters. The report was presented to the APHC meeting, which was held in Srinagar under the chair of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, today, before it was released to the media.

Among those killed was one Burhan Bashir Bhat a three year old toddler who was killed by unidentified gunmen on September 19 in Sopore area. This year out of 09 person 05 children lost their lives due to littered explosives and live ammunition. Serious pellet injuries to more than 45 persons were reported this year. Police continue to arrest minors and book them under various sections of the Ranbir Penal Code for rioting among other offences.

A 9-year-old child was arrested and blindfolded by the cops from old city of Srinagar. The picture of the child being whisked away by police men grabbed the attention of everyone on Social Networking sites and Newspapers. On 26-11-2015, five minor boys, who were charged under the Unlawful Activities Act, were brought handcuffed in full public view by policemen in uniform to a court in Srinagar, in violation of the Juvenile Justice Act 2013.

The unprecedented blanket ban on internet services in Kashmir once again brought to fore the absence of substantive democracy for the people who are used to the government imposing draconian curbs from time to time. Even during the festival of Eid-al-Azha the government displayed sheer non-application of mind by snapping internet connectivity which amounted to infringement on basic rights of the people.

Stun grenade, also known as Flash Grenade or Flashbang is a recent addition to the brutal “non lethal” vocabulary of the state to suppress the descent. Flash-bangs, on explosion, create a bright burst of light and an intensely loud noise, temporarily numbing the senses. Touted as “non- lethal” these grenades can cause severe injury or death if targeted at a human body from close range.

In October 2015, a 9-year-old kid Aamir Bilal suffered serious burn wounds when he fell prey to this “non lethal” weapon of the repression. Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Tihar and different Indian jails continue to suffer from feeling of deprivation and helplessness. The condition of prisoners in these jails is deplorable and they suffer extraordinary ordeals.

Enforced disappearance of three persons from Kupwara in the month of December and alleged custodial killing of Nazir Ahmad Mughal of Gujjar Pati village of Zirhama, Kupwara in the month of Febraury, clearly serves as pointer that such phenomenon are still continuing. The demand for disbanding Village Defense Committees (VDCs) is increasing from almost all quarters of public opinion following recent killings of civilians VDC members.

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