AI demands independent probe into civilian killings in IOK

Bangalore, April 14, 2016 (PPI-OT):The Amnesty International India Chapter has demanded a full and independent criminal investigation into killing of civilians by Indian Army personnel in Handwara area of occupied Kashmir. The Amnesty International India in a statement issued in Bangalore said, “Authorities must conduct a full and independent criminal investigation into the killing of three protesters in firing by Indian Army personnel in Handwara, Jammu and Kashmir. Those responsible must be prosecuted in a civilian court of law.”

“An incident of alleged sexual assault against a teenage girl by a soldier, which is believed to have led to the protests, must also be promptly investigated,” the statement said. Amnesty International India Campaigner, Zahoor Wani, said that this was not the first time that Indian forces had opened fire on protesters. Reports that the Army used excessive force must be investigated, he added. “There were hundreds of protesters. They were demanding the arrest of the army man,” the statement quoted Zulkarnain Banday, an eyewitness, as having said.

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