SRINAGAR: Accusing the Govt. and its security agencies of celebrating the deaths of Kashmiris including civilians and the militants, AIP Supremo and MLA Langate Er. Rasheed has said that New Delhi is more interested in killing and controlling Kashmiris by bullets rather showing any desire for a peaceful settlement to Kashmir dispute. Reacting to Dialgam encounter.
Er. Rasheed in a statement said that while police and other security agencies have enough reasons to justify the encounter but calling the death of Lashkar commander Bashir Lashkari and his colleague a big success carries no weight.
Er. Rasheed said “The version of security agencies after every encounter even may carry some weight but the perception among masses is completely against security forces and New Delhi. “The state whom forces claim to be defending in true terms seizes to exist on the ground if its people are against it, as it is the people who constitute the main ingredients of the state. If the state apparatus itself claims to be at war with militants and proudly celebrates their deaths, then it has no moral right to question all those including militants and common masses who do not question the killings by militants. Before condemning Bashir Lashkari the Govt. must answer why he was forced to re-join the militant outfits due to sever torture and humiliation by various agencies. The govt. when asked, never answer in the assembly that why was Bashir Lashkari forced to become militant. Both militants and the forces are claiming to be fighting for their respective ideologies but the public perception favours militants , thus every effort to label the militants as criminals and killers falls flat on moral grounds”, he said.
Er. Rasheed added that use of force in Dialgam which resulted in two more deaths of civilians is one more slap on the security agencies and both their aggression and propaganda against militants has proved counterproductive as usual.
Two militants, two civilians killed in Anantnag encounter
Two militants have been killed in an encounter in Dailgam area of Anantnag district of South Kashmir besides two civilians also fell to bullet after forces resort to firing on protesters at the encounter site on Saturday.
Reports said that the two militants identified as Bashir Lashkari and Azad Malik who belongs to Lashkari-e-Toiaba militant outfit. Reports added that forces resorted to firing on the protesters who tried to storm in to the encounter site to pave way for the militants to escape in which two civilians succumbed to bullet injuries.
The two civilian killed were identified as Shadab Ahmed of Brenty Batapora and 40 year old woman Tahira. Dozens of civilians also suffered injuries during the clashes on the encounter site. Official reports said that Bashir Lashkari was involved in the killing of six policemen including an SHO in an ambush last month.
Pertinently, a gunfight erupted between forces and militants after forces cordoned off a village in Dialgam area of Anantnag district as they had specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area.
Mobile Internet services were also suspended in the area amid a gunfight between militants and forces. Official said that mobile Internet services were suspended to prevent the spreading of rumours on the social networking websites.
Police said that 17 people were evacuated from site adding that arms and ammunition were also recovered from the possession of militants. (PTK)