New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said that “the armed forces use of chemicals in encounters disfiguring their bodies is inhuman”. Also Read - Train Services Resume In Kashmir Valley After 11 Months of COVID-19 Restrictions
“Every human, even a militant deserves dignity after death. Armed forces use of chemicals in encounters disfiguring their bodies is inhuman. Imagine the emotions that’ll overcome a boy who sees his brother’s mutilated charred body. Would you be surprised if he picked up a gun?” Mehbooba Mufti tweeted. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Suspicious Object Found at Kenihama Nowgam Station, Area Cordoned Off
Notably, this is not the first time that such an allegation has been levied on the armed forces in Kashmir. Notably, the Geneva Protocol prohibits the use of chemicals in armed conflicts.
Further, the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti claimed that the situation in Kashmir has worsened to an extent that the people have begun rethinking over the state’s accession to India. “There is a law of jungle here. Yesterday an SDM and other staffers with him were beaten up by the Army. Prison inmates are beaten up, bodies (of militants killed) in encounters are mutilated and burnt by some chemical..,” the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister told reporters in Anantnag district of the state.
“It does not seem we are with the India to which Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Maharaja Hari Singh had acceded. That India was the country of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and everyone,” she said. “Today, there is so much of oppression and atrocities committed that Kashmiris shiver and think which India did we accede to!” Mehbooba added.
The PDP chief president, meanwhile, asked police not to take action against anyone involved in the pelting of stones at her motorcade in Anantnag district on Monday. “Mehbooba Mufti asked police to release the youth, if anyone has been arrested, in the case of stone-pelting on her motorcade in Khirram area the other day,” a PDP spokesman said.
(With agency inputs)