Describing the killing of civilians in south Kashmir as highly deplorable, the CPI(M) today demanded "partial withdrawal" of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the Valley.
Six people, including two militants, were killed when Army troops opened fire in retaliation after being attacked during vehicle checking outside their camp near Pohan village in Shopian district of south Kashmir last night.
Whatever is the excuse given by the forces in the latest incident killing unarmed and uninvolved civilians, it has no justification. Losing precious human lives is most unfortunate, senior CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami said in a statement here.
He said those who are at the helm of affairs have to answer, how long the blood of civilians will continue to flow in Kashmir?
The killing of civilians are highly deplorable. Unless deterrent action is taken against those, involved in such incidents, these are going to be repeated and this is an unfortunate phenomenon, he said.
Questioning government's probes into such incidents, the MLA from Kulgam said, till now, there has been no outcome of the probes and enquiries ordered by the government in such incidents. The government is habitual of shedding crocodile tears after every killing incident and quickly orders a probe. But there is no positive change on the ground.
Tarigami appealed the democratic forces in the rest of the country to pressurise the government so that the security forces are made accountable for such incidents and adopt maximum restraint while dealing with the militants in Kashmir.
The well meaning and humane elements of our society across the country should raise their voice against the civilian killings whatever the excuse put forward by the erring elements. Since the parliament is in session, the representatives of all the democratic formations should unitedly take up this issue, he said.
Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, Tarigami said, "an immediate end to impunity granted to the security forces, by withdrawing the AFSPA at least from the areas which are relatively peaceful".
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