Even after removing Article 370, there is blood on Kashmir streets: Shiv Sena

Srinagar: Taking a dig at Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), Shiv Sena on Friday said that not even the decision of scrapping of Article 370 and demonetization has helped in putting a halt on militancy in Kashmir.

“There is blood on the streets every day and there is loss of innocent lives. Despite demonetization, there is no respite from terror activities and circulation of fake notes,” the mouthpiece of a Marathi news paper Saamana said.

The statement was made in a reference to a recent shoot-out in Sopore.

Reacting to the picture of a 3 year old boy who witnessed the killing of his elderly grandfather, the mouthpiece of the party said that such pictures have come to fore only in countries like Syria, Egypt, Somalia and Afghanistan.

Questioning about the recent killing of a Kashmiri Pandit in Anantnag, Shiv Sena questioned the central government about the home coming of Kashmiri pandits.

Condemning the Government of India’s role in bringing the peace to region, the mouthpiece said that instead of getting lesser, militant activities have worsened in the region.

On the morning of July 1, 2020, an elderly man identified as Bashir Ahmed Khan and an armed forces personnel were killed in Sopore. Police has said that both the killings were done my militants who shot rounds of fire. Bashir was travelling with his 3-year-old grandson.

The family and relatives of the deceased claimed that Bashir Ahmed was killed by CRPF personnel who dragged him down from his vehicle and shot him to avenge the killing of their colleague by the militants.

Disturbing visuals of  Bashir’s 3 year old child sitting on the motionless dead-body of his grandfather, was shared by the police.

The boy was numb with fear when he was picked up by policemen. A short video shows the boy sobbing inside a police van as biscuits and chocolates are offered to him by the police personnel. However, police have strongly refuted allegations of the family.

“I want to ask them if they were present at the site of incident. Did they see who fired,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Vijay Kumar, said while briefing a press gathering in Srinagar.

Amnesty India has said that the Kashmir Police is responsible for violating the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 by sharing the visuals of the minor and revealing his identity.

Ex-Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has accused the forces of using the tragedy for Public Relations.


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