November 2000 News

Hurriyat, Hizbul demand probes into J&K massacres

2 November 2000
The Times of India

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference and pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen have demanded probe into all massacres in Jammu and Kashmir claiming militants were not involved in the killings of innocent persons as alleged by the government. Reacting to reports of Justice Pandian in the Brakpora firing of April 3 and Lt Gen. J R Mukherjee-led Committee on the Pahalgam massacre of August 1, the Hurriyat and Hizbul, in separate statements, accused the Centre of ''perpetrating massacres of innocent people in order to give a bad name to the ongoing freedom struggle in the state.'' A spokesman of Hizbul, Mujahid Masood, said the two reports ''have proved beyond an iota of doubt that the Indian government has been perpetrating massacres of innocent people in Kashmir.'' The report had shed light on all the previous group killings in Kashmir, he said, adding ''it has now become easy to trace the causes of the massacres at Wandhama, Surankote, Doda and Udhampur.'' Claiming that vested interests were behind the massacres, Masood said the orchestrated killings were designed to give a bad name to the ''ongoing freedom struggle''. Hurriyat said the reports must serve as an ''eye-opener'' for the international community as government of India had been accusing the ''freedom fighters'' (militants) of every massacre and killing. Hurriyat also demanded probe into Surankote, Beerwah, Pathribal, Wandhama and other massacres. A Hurriyat spokesman said the ongoing movement was not communally motivated. ''It is the just and genuine struggle of the people of J&K for their right to self determination,'' he claimed. Reacting to the statement of chief minister Farooq Abdullah that army chief Gen. Padmanabhan and Inspector General of CRPF P C Joshi should desist from making political statements, Masood said ''the two had made an objective assessment of the Kashmir situation.'' The army chief who visited the state recently, said Kashmir was a political problem and should be resolved politically. The CRPF IG also endorsed the statement of the army chief. (PTI)


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