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Heightened security for Zubin's show behind Shopian killings: Hurriyat tells SHRC

Peerzada Ashiq , Hindustan Times  Srinagar, September 09, 2013
First Published: 19:41 IST(9/9/2013) | Last Updated: 19:44 IST(9/9/2013)

Moderate Hurriyat on Monday blamed the heightened security, put in place for music conductor Zubin Mehta on Saturday, for the deaths in Shopian as it moved a petition before the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC).

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"On September 7, on the directions of the state administration the entire Valley was cordoned off for Zubin Mehta's musical show, Ehsaas-e-Kashmir. The civil rights and liberties of the people were curtailed in the garb of frisking. The same day, Shopian witnessed the bloodshed of four innocent civilians for their no fault," said the petition filed by Abdul Manan Bukhari, legal head of the moderate Hurriyat headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Accusing the security forces of "resorting to indiscriminate firing in Shopian and Srinagar on that day," the petition said: "CRPF's 14th Battalion in the garb of frisking stopped the youths and started firing upon them without any provocation".

One civilian was injured in Srinagar when security personnel fired at a vehicle after it sped away at a barricade.

The petition claimed that the security forces, labelling three local youths as fidayeens, were "baseless, groundless and frivolous."

"On one hand, Article 21 of the Constitution of India guarantees life and liberty, but on the other hand, the law enforcing agencies have been violating the same," it added.

The petition accused the CRPF personnel of "crossing all the limits".

"The unprovoked firing seems premeditated to kill the whole Muslim community in J&K state," it alleged.

The petition also accused the state government of failing to do "something concrete and substantial in stopping these fake encounters. "Instead, the administration and the rulers have become mute spectators," it said.

Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani also lashed out at the state government over the killings. He has asked German ambassador to India, Michael Steiner, "to apologise for the killings".

"Pro-India political parties and the National Conference  are responsible for genocide in Kashmir," said Geelani, while asking people of adjacent districts of Shopian to march towards the district, 60 km south of Srinagar, on September 10 to register their protests against the killings and express solidarity with the victim families.


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