Sunday, May 24, 2009

Geelani, Malik under house arrest

Condemn 'Custodial' Killing


Srinagar, May 19: The Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, were put under house arrest on Tuesday to prevent them from visiting the residence of Manzoor Ahmad Beg, who was killed in custody allegedly by the personnel of Special Operations Group of Police on Monday.
A Hurriyat spokesman said that Geelani was put under house arrest at his uptown residence in Hyderpora last evening after he retuned home from Budgam. Geelani intended to offer Beg’s Nimaz-e-Jinazah and visit his family. “But he has been put under house arrest,” he added.
Condemning Beg’s “custodial killing,” Geelani, in a statement, said, that Jammu and Kashmir had become a “police state where SOG and policemen were killing people at will.”
Meanwhile, the JLKF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, was also put under house arrest on Monday, a JKLF spokesman said in a statement today.
He said that policemen cordoned off Malik’s Maisuma residence last evening and informed him that he couldn’t move out.
He said a delegation of the JKLF activists led by Showkat Ahmed Bakshi, visited the residence of Manzoor Ahmed Beg and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
He termed Beg’s killing as “a glaring instance of state sponsored terrorism.”
The spokesman urged the international community and human right organizations to take a serious note of such incidents.


 Meanwhile, killing of Manzoor Ahmad Beg, of Aloochi Bagh here has evoked widespread condemnation from separatist and mainstream parties demanding judicial probe into the incident and exemplary punishment to the killers.
 Expressing serious concern over the custodial killing, the Jamaat-i-Islami Jammu and Kashmir termed it the worst demonstration of state ‘terrorism.’ Praying for the peace to departed soul, the Jama’at expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.  
 Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (R) spokesman while condemning the killing, termed it as worst kind of ‘state terrorism.’
 The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association while condemning the killing, said that it had taken strong note of the torture that the victim had been subjected. “We demand immediate action against the SP SOG Srinagar.”
 The Bar demanded that the accused should be booked under the Sec 302 of RPC for murder and demanded the Police station Shergari register an FIR against the accused.
 Condemning the killing, the Jammu Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) chairman Zaffar Akbar Bhat demanded impartial probe into it. 
 Meanwhile, a delegation of JKSM led by Zaffar visited the residence of deceased. 
 The Democratic Liberation Party chairman, Hashim Qureshi, while condemning the killing, demanded punishment to the killers. 
 The Democratic Political Movement chairman, Firdous Ahmad Shah, while condemning the killing, demanded impartial probe.  
 The Peoples’ Political Party chairman, Hilal Ahmad War, while condemning the killing, termed it as the most serious human rights violation. 
 “Such heinous crimes have exposed the Indian rulers of their claims of democracy,” said War, according to PPP spokesman.  
 The convener of Hurriyat Conference (G), Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has strongly condemned the killing and demanded judicial probe into it.
 Protesting the killing, the Muslim Khawateen Markaz termed it as highly reprehensible.  
 The Mahaz-e-Aazadi president, Mir Muhammad Iqbal has expressed serious concern over the killing, terming it as the worst example of ‘state terrorism’. Mir demanded impartial probe into it.
 Condemning the killing, the Peoples’ Democratic Party demanded impartial probe into it, warning that such inhuman incidents were unacceptable for any civilized society.
 In a statement today, a PDP spokesman said, “Until an impartial probe is conducted, victim’s family should be given ex-gratia relief and benefits under SRO-43. 
 The National Conference senior leader and MLA Amira Kadal constituency, Nasir Sogami, condemned the killing and demanded immediate probe into it. He expressed sympathies with the bereaved family and demanded ex-gratia relief for them.
 Terming the killing as highly condemnable, the Jammu Kashmir CPI (M) state secretary, M Y Tarigami urged the government to bring the culprits to the justice.

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