Srinagar, July 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, human rights activist and Chairman of International Forum for Justice and Human Rights, Mohammad Ahsan Untoo has criticized the Indian authorities for gross violation of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in Kashmir.

Condemning the killing of three civilian youth including a teenage girl in direct army firing at Redwani in Kulgam district, Ahsan Untoo in a media interview said the Chief Secretary, DGP and Chief of the Army Staff are directly responsible for the continuous bloodshed in Valley.

“Are bullets the answer to stones,” Untoo asked. “What wrong did the teenage girl commit?”

“The army can launch a search operation in the civilian population only when the concerned SP and magistrate accompany them. According to the SOP, the army cannot open fire unless and until the magistrate gives them orders,” he said, adding, “The SOP has been violated in the region at the behest of the CS, DGP, and Army chief.”

Untoo also lashed out at Indian electronic media for their biased reporting on Kashmir. “The anchors and the people whom they get for debate on the TV channels are actually criminals as they never realize the sentiments of the people of Kashmir. These criminals are also responsible for bloodshed in Valley,” he said, adding, “We Kashmiris are not against the people of India but the people of India must feel the pain of Kashmiris.”

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