IOK HCBA condemns use of force on protesters in Shopian » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, May 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has strongly condemned the use of brute force by Indian troops and police against civilians in Shopian, yesterday.

Over twenty people were injured, some of them critically, when Indian police and troops fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells on peaceful demonstrators who were protesting against the killing of three youth.

The HCBA in a statement issued in Srinagar said that people who were protesting against the killing of three Kashmiri youth were fired at and many had to be rushed to different hospitals for specialized treatment.

It termed the act of the Indian forces as a gross human rights violation and demanded that the continued bloodshed of the innocent people by the Indian force should be stopped forthwith. The Kashmir dispute should be resolved in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people, it added.

The HCBA reiterated its stance that holding of farcical elections in the territory was a futile exercise as the sham polls could not be a substitute to the right to self-determination of the people.

It said India should respect the aspirations of the people of Kashmir and give them their birthright as is promised by its rulers and guaranteed by the resolutions of the UN Security Council several decades ago.

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