`Shoot to kill has become pathological pass time for J&K govt`

Last Updated: Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 21:57

Srinagar: Condemning the killing of another
youth in Sopore of North Kashmir, Opposition PDP on Saturday said
"it seems shooting to kill has become a pathological pass time
for the state government and its forces."

"The state government has let loose a rein of terror and
using bullets and guns without provocation. It has come up
with excuses of self defense or protection of public
property," PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said in a statement here.

Expressing grief over the death of Rameez Ahmad Reshi,
who succumbed to his injuries today, she said, "It seems
shooting to kill has become a pathological pass time for the
state government and its forces."

Police yesterday said Reshi was part of a mob which
attacked the police post in Sopore and injured when security
forces opened fire.

"Even though the stone pelting has effectively
disappeared from the streets of Kashmir following the
intervention of (Chairman of hardline Hurriyat) Syed Ali Shah
Geelani, the trigger happy forces continue to shoot down
unarmed youth," she said.

She claimed that during the past three days there has
been no incident of stone pelting or attempt to destroy public
property or any other violent act still three precious lives
have been lost as a result of use of force by government.

She said earlier on Thursday Shabir Ahmad was killed in
cold blood in Pulwama even as "the procession was completely
peaceful and following in letter and spirit the advice of
Geelani Shahab. Dozens of unarmed protesters were injured in
that highly condemnable incident in which the people had shown
utmost restraint."

Mehbooba alleged that the government was acting with a
sense of vengeance against the people as is evident from
breaking into houses by security forces, smashing household
goods and beating up people.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 21:57

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