Kashmiri Pandit leader aghast over fake encounters
The exposure of fake encounters in Ganderbal has come as a serious shock to the Pandit community of Kashmir as well, reports Rashid Ahmed.Updated: Feb 05, 2007, 13:55 IST
The exposure of civilians killed in fake encounters by police and security forces in Ganderbal has come as a serious shock to the Pandit community of Kashmir as well, who have migrated from the valley in the wake of eruption of terrorism in 1990. Senior Kashmiri Pandit leader and chief of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Forum Bhushan Bazaz described the ghastly killings as a "national disgrace" and demanded inquiry into all cases of disappearance since 1990 by some independent commission.
"The conduct of SOG men and troops is a reflection on our claim of being a tolerant and democratic country. One cannot imagine that hapless and innocent civilians would be killed in the name of Pakistani militants just for cash rewards and out-of-turn promotions. It is brutal and inhumane", Bazaz told the Hindustan Times.
"I would like these killers to be hanged in Lal Chowk. They are disgrace for the whole nation", Bazaz poured anger. He said that the horrifying exposure has put a question mark on "our claims of tolerance and democracy". He added, "It is an acid test for the government to do some damage control by investigating the cases of fake encounters fairly and without any bias". He said that human rights groups are claiming that 8000 persons have disappeared since 1990. "Some independent commission should be formed to investigate these cases," the Pandit leader demanded.
Bazaz criticised the mainstream political parties for making capital out of these human tragedies. "They (political parties) emotionally blackmailing the people with an eye on the next year's assembly elections. But the people of Kashmir are matured enough to understand these games," he said, "and they can little be swayed away by such rhetoric."