Batmaloo firing: Sajad’s killing is a state-sponsored terrorism, says JKLF chief
A murder case has been filed against the BSF over the death of Sajad Hussain Sheikh last weekindia Updated: Apr 18, 2017 19:36 IST
The killing of a 15-year-old youth by BSF in Batmaloo area of Srinagar last week was a “cold-blooded murder and demonstration of state-sponsored terrorism”, the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) alleged in a statement on Tuesday.
A murder case has been filed against the BSF over the death of Sajad Hussain Sheikh.
“They kill our young ones with impunity and then disallow even mourning and congregational prayers,” JKLF chairman Yasin Malik said in the statement.
Expressing solidarity with the bereaved family of Sheikh, he said, “Banning mourning and sacred rituals amounts to interference in religious affairs.”
“ Ban on raising voices, ban on peaceful political gatherings, ban on travelling, ban on holding debates and arguments and even banning internet facilities has become a trade mark of so-called Indian democracy,” the separatist leader said.
Local residents claimed BSF personnel opened fire when some youth started pelting stones at the three-vehicle convoy passing through the area.
Sources said personnel of the 38th battalion of the BSF were involved in the incident.
A BSF spokesman have been quoted in media reports as saying that its troopers had resorted to “aerial firing” in self-defence during stone-pelting and a weapon snatching bid in Batmaloo that evening.
Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed anguish over Sajad’s death and directed the security forces to “exercise maximum restraint while performing their duties in provocative situations and strictly follow the laid down SOPs in such cases”.
The JKLF statement said Malik, ignoring heavy restrictions, travelled to Batamaloo and met the bereaved family and expressed solidarity with them.