‘New Delhi frustrated by resilience of Kashmiri people which has demoralized Indian forces who in order to hide their failures are taking revenge’
United Jihad Council (UJC), a conglomerate of various militant organizations of Kashmir, on Monday termed the killing of civilians in Shopian as “cowardice and frustration” of Indian forces.
UJC secretary general and Ameer Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen Sheikh Jameel-ul-Rehman in a statement said to term the civilian killings as cross-firing is shameful and condemnable.
In a meeting held on Monday, Sheikh Jameel-ur-Rehman said, “India is scared over the participation of youth particularly from south Kashmir, with mujahideen. New Delhi is frustrated by the resilience of Kashmiri people which has demoralized Indian forces who in order to hide their failures are taking revenge from common people by killing them.”
“Now again, in Shopian, Indian forces exhibited the worst example of state terrorism. The Jihad Council and Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen salute the valour of mujahideen,” Sheikh Jameel said.
“We are indebted to the sacrifices of martyrs and will never surrender before India,” he said.
The statement came in the aftermath of killing of three civilians and a militant, who were killed in a firing incident in Shopian district on Sunday.
However, the Army has claimed that the three civilians killed were ‘Over Ground Workers’ of the militants. An Army Spokesman claimed that militants, who were travelling in a vehicle in Pohan area of the district attacked a joint Mobile Vehicle Check Post, at 20:00 hours.
Opposition party National Conference demanded a probe into the Shopian killings where two militants and four militants were killed on Sunday late evening. On its official Twitter handle, NC wrote: “We are deeply shocked and grieved at the continued and unabated bloodshed in Kashmir.”
“The Shopian killings cannot be justified with an arbitrary, unproven pronouncement of the youth being OGWs. The circumstances and details should be probed and made public by the State Govt”.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that she was deeply distressed due to the civilian killings in Shopian.
The chief minister tweeted her condolences to the families of the people who were ‘caught in cross fire’.
Deeply distressed by more deaths of civilians caught in the crossfire in Shopian. My heartfelt condolences to the deceased’s families.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) March 5, 2018
In the aftermath of the blood bath in Shopian, a dead body of another civilian has been found, taking the death toll to five.