SRINAGAR, MAY 01: Joint Resistance Leadership – a conglomerate of Pro-freedom groups – in Kashmir and rebel group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen have condemned the killing of three civilians by unknown gunmen in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district and appealed to the United Nations to investigate the shootings.
Unknown gunmen shot and killed three men in Khanpora area of Baramulla last night, but the police accused the militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba of having carried out the shootings, a claim neither denied not condoned by the militant group.
The operational spokesman of Hizb, Burhan-ud-din in a tele-statement, “strongly condemned the killing of three civilians by gunmen,” reported a local news gathering agency KNS.
“It is India who is killing Kashmiris,” KNS quoted Burhan-ud-din as having said. He also appealing people to help them in identifying those who were behind such acts.
“JRL also expressed concern and condemnation over the killing of three youth from old town Baramulla,” said a statement, issued today.
The leaders said that time and again people are killed in such a manner and no one knows who kills them as the killers remain unidentified gunmen.
“While the state authorities conveniently blame armed youth the militant organisations in fact condemn the killings and many time blame state agencies. In the process the culprits never get identified,” they said.
Calling the killings a matter of serious concern, JRL appealed to the UN to take note of this and set up an impartial inquiry into these killings.
“JRL reiterated that any killing on grounds of political or party affiliations is inhuman and un-Islamic and unacceptable to people and leadership of Kashmir.”