In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have strongly condemned the killing of a youth, Qaisar Butt. Qaiser was deliberately run over by a vehicle owned by the Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force, and after retaliation, they responded by shelling on thousands of mourners at his funeral in Fateh Kadal area of Srinagar, on Saturday. ”. Young Qaiser had staged a peaceful protest with a few more, after the congregational prayers in front of Jamia Masjid.
The JKLF in a statement in Srinagar, while condemning the killing of Qaisar Butt, said, “Crushing to death under military vehicles is a new weapon of war employed by New Delhi against Kashmiris.” The DFP in a statement in Srinagar, termed the mowing down of Qaisar Butt of Fateh Kadal to death as the absolute brutality of the Indian forces and said, “The men in uniform have again made us weep.” The spokesperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) in her statement in Srinagar expressed anguish over the mowing down of youth by a CRPF vehicle and said Indian forces have broken all the records of terrorism” in Kashmir.
The men in uniform have again made us weep.
The deceased youth is survived by two teenage sisters and had recently started Kashmir art business. He, along with his sisters, was living with his aunt in Dalgate for the past four years as both his parents had died. A source said, “After the prayers, young boys assembled outside the mosque and staged a peaceful demonstration against the last Friday’s police action inside Jamia Masjid. Soon a CRPF vehicle that came from Khanyar drove into the mob of over 500 people. The boys got agitated on the vehicle’s presence and it led to fierce clashes”. Young Qaiser had staged a peaceful protest with a few more, after the congregational prayers in front of Jamiah Masjid
Illegally detained Chairman of Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Sidiqui in his statement in Srinagar said, “The Indian forces are killing innocent youth under a well-designed policy which is aimed at a systematical genocide of Kashmir youth.” He said that New Delhi and its forces should know that no amount of repressive or oppressive measures could compel the people of Kashmir to give up their cause. The JKSM spokesman in a statement in Srinagar said, “The killing spree of Kashmiris continues even in the holy month of Ramadhan.” A delegation led by senior party leader Ghazi Javid Baba participated in the funeral of Qaiser and later visited his Fateh Kadal residence and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family members.
“The Indian forces are killing innocent youth under a well-designed policy which is aimed at a systematical genocide of Kashmir youth.”
The DPM in its statement said brutal measures could not weaken the freedom sentiments of Kashmiri people. The Jammat-e-Islami of occupied Kashmir in its statement said, “The Indian forces deployed in the territory have let loose a reign of terror and have raised a storm of lawlessness under the cover of draconian laws.”
This is not a first for the Army to find themselves in the middle of such a controversy. Back in 2010, there had been reported deaths of 126 boys, in just the seasons of autumn and summer. After the initial attempts to hide the incident, the Army was later found to term the killings as “highly unfortunate” and in return, ordered a court of inquiry into the killings. However, there is a unanimous lack of faith in these courts on inquiry, as never in the past, have they found the Army guilty when charged of crimes nor have they taken action against the soldiers in question.