Barbaric killing in IHK
THE photographs of the incident are chilling and surreal.
The fact that Indian forces can so brutally crush a man to death reflects a total disregard for human life.
The incident being referred to happened in Srinagar on Friday: during anti-India protests in the held region, an Indian military jeep drove into a crowd, running over a protester.
Kaiser Bhat later died from his injuries and the barbaric act has elicited fresh protests in the region, with police firing into crowds of mourners.
The incident is a reminder of a similar episode last year when Indian forces tied a man to a jeep and paraded him across the countryside.
While Indian forces say they were ‘defending’ themselves from protesters in the latest incident, there can be no justification for the horrible way in which the man was crushed.
Though it is highly unlikely those responsible for this brutal act will be brought to justice, the administration of India-held Kashmir, as well as the Indian military authorities, must launch a thorough probe and punish those responsible for this atrocity.
Unfortunately, New Delhi has adopted a colonial-era attitude towards Kashmir under Narendra Modi’s watch; the Sangh Parivar that now controls India’s ideological and political narrative apparently seeks to crush the Kashmiri population and subjugate it by force.
However, as the experience of the last three decades has shown, such tactics have failed to dampen the aspirations of the Kashmiri population who have been fighting for their rights.
If the Indian government seeks to quell militancy in IHK and convince the people to participate in the political process, crushing them and humiliating them will not achieve this goal.
If anything, the use of brute force will only further alienate the Kashmiris.
A course correction is necessary, but it is highly unlikely that those who call the shots in Delhi will pay heed to sane advice.
The world needs to let India know that such acts of state-backed violence are not acceptable in a country that claims to adhere to democratic values.
Jun 03, 2018 11:34am
Even if animals were capable of doing such a thing, they would have hesitated before doing it. I don't know what to say, but one thing is sure. They, the killers are neither human beings nor animals. are some species at the lowest end of evolution who do not know what needs to be done in such circumstances, or maybe they have been licensed to kill?
Jun 03, 2018 02:59pm
Brutality at all time high in Kashmir.
Jun 03, 2018 04:30pm
Over 12 million People lives in Kasmir. Only few hundred of those are making noise. India is so tolerant allowing them to do so.
s k basak
Jun 03, 2018 04:30pm
Democracy also does not mean throwing stones at police personnel, vandalizing government property and attacking pilgrims.
Jun 03, 2018 04:39pm
The army official was surrounded by stone pelters and has to escape in order to protect his own life .... this was a act of self defence
Jun 03, 2018 05:05pm
In the present age, there is undeniable similarity between Indian and Israeli governments. Both are illegal occupiers, both are involved in gross human rights violations and both have enough influence on the world to keep them from supporting the oppressed.
Jun 03, 2018 05:27pm
The picture itself shows, how the mobs surrounded the jeep to lynch the driver and passenger of CRPF.
Jun 03, 2018 05:28pm
The CRPF driver has every right to protect and defend his life from ruthless mobs.
Jun 03, 2018 05:52pm
As an Indian Tamil, I strongly condemn the killing. What's saddening is majority of north Indians see no problem with the killing, just like they justified Sterlite copper plant shooting in Tamil Nadu where 13 protestors were shot dead for asking a polluting plant's closure.
Jun 03, 2018 06:27pm
such a brutal killing of innocent, unarmed protesters is never justified!
Jun 03, 2018 06:32pm
Please show the video of that image.
Jun 03, 2018 06:57pm
My heart goes out for the police personnel!.
Jun 03, 2018 07:01pm
So it’s ok for these civilians to attack and damage public property?
Jun 03, 2018 07:07pm
It is a sad and unfortunate accident. Prayers for the deceased and his family. Family should be immediately given compensation.
Jun 03, 2018 07:28pm
Any sane person would have done this in self-protection. I completely condemn the killing, but we need to understand the circumstances under which this happened. We don't expect to be killed and not retort when attacked.