//JKCCS demands probe into killings of political workers

JKCCS demands probe into killings of political workers

11th April 2011

Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) is concerned at the spate of killing of civilian political workers belonging to different religious and political parties. So far in this year, five civilian political workers have been killed.

  • Farooq Ahmed Sheikh s/o Abdul Gani Sheikh, of Koil Pulwama was shot dead on 6th February. Farooq Ahmed was a National Conference activist.
  • Ghulam Hassan Dar (47), s/o Ghulam Muhammad of Dander Mohalla, Hajin Bandipora was shot on 18th February. Ghulam Hassan was associated with National Conference.
  • Abdul Rashid s/o Mohammad Akbar of Nowbugh Chadoora was strangulated to death on 16th March. Abdul Rashid was a Congress worker.
  • Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Bhat of Pinglish, Tral was shot dead in the evening of 30th March. Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din was NC Block President.
  • Moulvi Showkat Ahmed Shah (55), president of Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadith was killed in an IED blast outside Jamia Masjid Ahle Hadith, Gow Kadal, Srinagar on 8th April.

As a civil society organization, JKCCS has always expressed unacceptability of any civilian killings at the hands of any state or non-state actors. Killing of civilian political workers only creates a culture of intolerance and chokes dissent.

JKCCS has been urging all the combatant forces – Indian military forces and the members of United Jehad Council to refrain from killing any civilian political workers. In March 2010, United Jehad Council responded positively to the demand made by JKCCS regarding the observance of International Humanitarian principles in Jammu and Kashmir.

JKCCS demands an impartial and independent investigation into all the killings of civilian political workers. Impartial investigations would help bringing the perpetrators to justice and also act as a deterrent.

Political killings in Jammu and Kashmir have always remained an enigma. Every time it results into blame game, this only has helped the perpetrators to escape responsibility.