The Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) has expressed outrage at the killing in south Kashmir gunfights on Sunday.
In an emergency meeting, the KCSDS members accused the state government of being complicit in the “programs and operations of government of India to suppress resistance in Kashmir by brutalising and killing people particularly young boys in disregard to human rights and international laws”.“The new depth of degradation to which the government has sunk has no parallel in history because these untrained boys who pose as militants are the products of extreme repression, persecution and tyranny to which people have been subjected to in the Valley by forces aided and abetted by the government,” said the statement.
It said the responsibility of protecting life and property of citizens according to international law in a disputed territory falls on the government of the day. But, the statement said the government has not only miserably failed in its “moral, security and administrative duty but has created fertile ground for young boys to be pushed into militancy”.
“This policy of extreme repression of forcing boys to pick up guns and then to finish them off along with their families, needless to say, is a way of tackling the Kashmir dispute by the present regime for their vote bank politics back home in mainland India,” the statement said.
“How brutalizing five precious lives of one family and silting throat of Mushtaq Thakur, the person made into human shield amounts to national victory? They claim victory where they should bow their heads in shame for spilling innocent blood in order to control the territory and ensure unwilling submission. Even a completely morally depraved person feels sorry after killing his enemy,” the statement said. “The celebration of victory of Sunday as a special day for them is the ultimate in dehumanized fascism. The media gag is apparent from the coverage it has given to this bloodshed. The Indian nationalistic media celebration of the killings shows how dehumanized mind sets have become and how futile it is to expect upholding the cardinal values of freedom, truth and justice from them who are supposed to be the protectors of these human values and rights.”
The KCSDS reiterated its appeal to all armed groups to suspend all their actions as they “are faced with a force that does not follow or believe in any moral, ethical, political and legal principles that could deter them from spilling blood of repressed people especially youth whom they claim to be their own people”.
The KCSDS has asked the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, chairperson of Unified Command, to resign if she was unable to stop the killings.
“How long would she preside over the death and destruction of her own people? How long would she keep suppressing and denying her humanity and sensitivity to cling to her chair? There has to be an immediate end to all this to save a whole generation on whose shoulders you are doing politics,” the statement said.