APSCC concerned over civilian killings


SRINAGAR: All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has expressed serious concern over the killing of innocent civilians in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday. The Committee has impressed upon the various security agencies to use non-lethal means while dealing with the peoples protests.

In a statement issued to PTK, APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said that despite claims of the security forces agencies that they follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) while dealing with protesters innocents continue to die in anti-militancy operations across Kashmir valley. He termed the killing of civilians as highly painful and heart wrenching.

“It is so sad that young lives are lost in the Kashmir valley on daily basis. Same happened in Shopian district on Sunday. Despite repeated promises the security forces agencies continue to injure civilians with bullets and pellets. All this has to stop once for all since the killing of an unarmed person is against the humanity,” said Raina.

The APSCC Leaders from Dist. Anantnag, Srinagar, Budgam, Barmulla Principal Narangan Singh, Sant Singh, S.Foja singh ,Devinder Singh, Engr. Nirmal Singh, Gurdayal Singh and others had time and again demanded that bullets and pellets should be replaced by non-lethal means of force. Sikh leaders said that there should be an immediate end to the death of civilians in anti-militancy operations adding that dance of death leads to pain as well as agony.

Raina said that the security forces agencies should evolve a mechanism so that innocent lives are not lost during encounters with militants. He said that repeated promises by the state and central governments that they stand committed to save lives of innocents in Kashmir have proved to be mere hoax. He said that no tangible measure has been taken in order to avoid civilian casualties during encounters in Kashmir. (PTK)