Indian forces allegedly use Kashmir civilians as human shields

Two civilians were killed in fighting between anti-India fighters and government forces in Indian administered Kashmir’s Srinagar. The families of the victims accuse the Indian forces of using the two civilians as human shields during their search operation.

Wailing and crying, seeking the dead body of their beloved son, the relatives of Mudasir Gul a doctor by profession was killed on Monday evening along with other civilians and two fighters during a gun battle in Srinagar the main city of Muslim majority Kashmir.

According to police reports, the fighters had holed up in a building in the Hyderpora area and was eliminated by the government forces. The building owner’s daughter however accuses the government forces of using his father as a human shield.

The police Chief said fearing law and order problems the dead bodies were not handed over to the families for last rites.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic protocol the authorities in Indian controlled Kashmir have denied the last rites to the families of fighters killed during the military operations in Kashmir since 2020. Dozens of fighters have been buried at far-off locations guarded and inaccessible to families. More recently Kashmir’s tallest pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Geelani’s family was also denied his last rites; something for which New Delhi was highly criticized.

Although the right to decent burial is a fundamental right; here in Kashmir, it is seen as a breeding ground for anti-India sentiments and something that creates law and order problems. Human rights defenders call it a gross violation of human rights and a reason for unending pain for the kin.



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