Separatists, Lashkar Condemn Mother, Son Killing

27 December 2015
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Various separatist organizations and militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) have condemned the double murder of a woman and her son by a member of the Village Defence Committee (VDC) in Jammu's Rajouri district, while High Court Bar Association (HCBA) and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) led by Shabir Ahmed Shah have backed the shutdown call for Saturday against the killings given by Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani. LASHKAR-E-TOIBA: In a statement the chief of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) Mehmood Shah said, 'The VDC is a tool of armed forces to suppress people. One the one hand, youth are sacrificing their life and future for Kashmir cause, while on the other hand , informers and VDCs aid and assist Delhi to suppress the struggle.' NAYEEM KHAN: Expressing anguish and anger over the barbaric killing of mother and son at the hands of the Village Defence Committee (VDC) member in Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir National Front (NF) chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan said, 'The VDCs have been formed to suppress the Muslims of Jammu division and they are busy inflicting atrocities ever since their formation.' 'Killing third civilian including a kid and a woman in just five days speaks volumes about the barbarism of the VDCs,' Nayeem Khan said, demanding immediate disbanding of the VDCs to put an end to further innocent killings. 'There are thousands of instances where notorious VDC members have committed atrocities on Muslims in Rajouri, Poonch, Doda, Kishtwar, Baderwah and other areas. They are patronized on government level. So, whatever killings and other human rights violations take place at the hands of VDC members, should be termed as handiwork of the government. For, these committees function directly at the behest of the government,' he added. Nayeem Khan appealed to the human rights organizations to take a strong note of the activities of VDC members and stress upon New Delhi to wind up these committees. MUSLIM LEAGUE: A spokesman of Muslim League while condemning the double murder said: 'These committees were formed against the Muslims of Jammu region and their aim is to keep the Muslims under a continuous threat. The VDCs are fulfilling the same agenda,' the spokesman said, adding that 'Such killings are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.' HIGH COURT BAR ASSOCIATION: J&K High Court Bar Association (HCBA) strongly condemned the double murder and supported the strike call given by Syed Ali Shah Geelani for Saturday against the Rajouri killings. Bar has appealed to the UN and other International Human Rights Organizations to put pressure on India for bringing an end to the reign of terror let loose by these VDC members in the state. 'The Bar Association firmly believes that the VDCs in itself are a brainchild of Intelligence Agencies and being dominated by RSS and BJP workers have made the life of the people miserable and have also vitiated the atmosphere in the state. These VDC members are primarily ex-servicemen and after their selection and training, they are given arms and ammunition and they, therefore, operate and act as extra judicial authorities and wherever they find an opportunity, they target and eliminate anyone they like,' a spokesman of HCBA said in a statement. He said, 'In view of the strike call the Bar Association has also postponed its Seerat Conference scheduled to be held on Saturday in District Court Complex, Srinagar, ' the spokesman added. DUKHTARAN- E-MILLAT: Dukhtaran- e-Millat Chief Asiya Andrabi while condemning the double murder said: 'These terrorists of VDC are being armed by the state to kill Muslims of the area and till date they have killed hundreds of Muslims. They are thus a part of the forces in Jammu and Kashmir and are fighting the sentiments of the majority Muslims in the state. These criminals are being armed with the sole moto of reducing the Muslim population in Jammu province.' 'We may ask if the administration of the state has promised Modi that it will change the demography of the state. Is the history of 1947 being repeated in Jammu? On one side, Muslims in Kashmir are being killed by uniformed terrorists and on the other side, the VDC criminals are exterminating Jammu Muslims. It is imperative upon the Jammu Muslims that they present a united face to these criminals and find out ways to tackle this onslaught. Until then they will act as meek oppressed lot,' the Asiya added. SHABIR SHAH: Expressing deep anguish over the killing of a mother and her son by a VDC member, the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah said, 'The VDCs are actually the criminals that have found shelter in the so-called committees and now openly perpetrate crimes.' 'We had opposed the VDCs since their inception as we knew they were a bunch of criminals and hooligans involved in all types of crimes against people,' Shah said in a statement. 'The VDCs were initially created as a front against the pro-freedom people and with the passage of time they started making lives of common people particularly the Muslims hell. On one hand, the presence of more than seven lakh forces have already terrorized the people, and now these VDC goons have been given an freed hand to kill people.' Terming the hue and cry made by the National Conference as drama, Shabir Shah said, 'NC, during its tenure, played a pivotal role in the creation of VDCs and PDP, for its political interests, is trying to cover up the crimes of this force.' He supported the strike call given by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and urged people to observe complete shutdown on Saturday. JAVAID MIR: Senior APHC leader and Chairman JKLF (H) Javaid Ahmad Mir while condemning the double murder said: 'The irony is the murderers and criminals in form of VDCs are being awarded by the ruling regime. These committees should be disbanded forthwith so that people heave a sigh of relief.'