Custodial killing of youth once again exposes vulnerability of Kashmiris as impunity of authorities keeps rising, says Mirwaiz

Srinagar: Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday said that the custodial killing of a school teacher has once again exposed the ‘helplessness, vulnerability of the people of Kashmir as impunity of the authorities keeps rising.’

In a tweet, Mirwaiz said:

As soon as the news of the custodial death of Rizwan Pandit, a teacher in Awantipora reached the area, intense clashes erupted and a spontaneous shutdown was observed.

Reports said that all shops and other commercial establishments remained closed in the area while traffic went off the roads soon after news of death of Rizwan Pandit reached there.

Pandit, who was arrested by the police in a ‘militancy-related case’, died in police custody at CARGO camp in Srinagar last night, a spokesman said in a statement.

Reacting to the development, Omar Abdullah demanded exemplary punishment to those responsible for the death of Pandit.

PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti while reacting over the custodial death of the Awantipora youth said that GoI’s repressive approach has left young educated men vulnerable who are forced to take up arms. 

Peoples Conference Chief Sajad Lone in his reaction said that ‘this is what sanctity of human life has been reduced to in Kashmir.’

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