PAGD writes to Indian President, seeks action against troops involved in Hyderpora incident

Srinagar, November 19 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), a conglomerate of regional political parties, has sent a letter to the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, with regard to Hyderpora incident, urging him to ensure that involved troops are brought to book and punished under law.

According to Kashmir Media Service, in a letter, the PAGD says the tragic incident that took place at Hyderpora, Srinagar, on the evening of 15th November, 2021, has evoked enormous public anger.

“In this unfortunate incident three civilians got killed in suspicious circumstances. The incident calls for a time-bound judicial probe so that true facts are unraveled and brought in public domain,” the letter says. It maintains that it is needless to state that such incidents widen the gulf between the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the Government of India.

The PAGD reminds the Indian President that the administration of IIOJK is being run in his name by the Lieutenant Governor acting as an agent and, therefore an onerous responsibility is placed on the president to ensure that the rule of law prevails and the involved troops are brought to book and punished under law.

“We would also bring to your notice the practice of taking away bodies of the victims of such incidents and depriving their families of the right to organize their burial in accordance with religious practices. In the unfortunate incident of Hyderpora also, the bodies of three civilians have been taken away by the Security forces and reportedly buried 100 KM away from their residences,” it says.

“The dead bodies cannot be denied the right to burial under any circumstances including the so-called law and order problem. The bereaved families likewise also have a right to organize burial of the dead body in accordance with their religious practices. In previous few years such rights have been violated with impunity,” it adds.

Meanwhile, the Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC) headed by former Indian finance minister Yashwant Sinha has written a letter to the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, demanding an impartial, independent and judicial probe into the killings in the Hyderpora incident.

The GCC is a non-political, non-partisan civil society collective comprising of former vice-chancellors, public intellectuals, advocates, academics, scientists, social activists, former Judges and civil servants also welcomed the announcement of LG about a magisterial probe onto Hyderpora gunfight.