BSF says he died in gunfight

Courtesy GreaterKashmir

An innocent yet again! They are not Kashmiris, they are Indians, may be you listen to them and trust them, atleast someone will get justice in Kashmir!

 

‘UP labourer killed, labeled foreign militant’
Bandipora, Sep 28: Labourers from Uttar Pradesh and other states working in Bandipora area of Varmul district allege the soldiers of paramilitary Border Security Force killed one of their colleagues in custody and later labeled him as a foreign militant.

The labourers alleged that Ishtiyaq Ali son of Ali Muhammad of Mahrajgund, UP was arrested by the troopers of BSF’s 51 battalion from Naberpora near Bandipora town. They said he sold snacks on roadside. Their statement is supported by the shopkeepers who “have often seen him selling roasted Channa.”

“They lifted him in front of me in a Gypsy vehicle when he was coming back to work after lunch on September 9, I remember it was Saturday,” said Imran, one of the colleagues of Ishtiyaq, who also hails from UP.
Imran said, “We thought they are our own people and he will be back but we saw his tortured and bullet-riddled body on Sunday morning in new bus stand and were surprised to see what our own people did and later labeled him as foreign militant.”

“We were told militants are very bad people and they kill innocents,” said another labourer, “but they (troops) are killing the innocent people. Are they killing innocents for ranks or money?”
Many labourers said after Ishtiyaq’s killing they plan to leave the Valley. “I was working as painter for the past four months. I am collecting money which people owe me and I would soon leave Kashmir and tell people there what troops are doing here,” said Akhtar, a labourer from Bihar state.
These labourers have decided to approach UP Police for justice. “Police here knows the facts but they would not help us,” said Akhtar.
A shopkeeper in bus stand of Bandipora town said, “It is ridiculous that they labeled him as militant. He was known to everybody here.”
People said the labourer had torture marks all over his body.

According to FIR registered in Police station Bandipora on September 10, the BSF claims that they have killed a foreign militant and recovered a pistol from him.

A spokesman of BSF told Greater Kashmir that “He (Ishtiaq) was asked to stop by our troopers but he fired at them with a pistol. In retaliatory firefight he was killed. He was a foreign militant.”
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Varmul said, “The police FIR says he was a militant. Let people approach us, we will investigate.”

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3 Responses

  1. Hi I have started a page to collect the blogs of Kashmiri people and people blogging about kashmir.

    While I have added your name, you can help expand it.
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  2. Very sad. But what the Ghulam Nabi Azad and other leaders of Kashmir are doing. The PM had also given a clear call to the security forces to be responsible. As long as such incidents continue, Kashmiris’ hearts can’t be won.

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