JKLF says "state terrorism" continues in Kashmir, challenge governor

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Srinagar, Jan 8 (UNI) Contesting Governor Lt General (Rtd) S K Sinha's statement in the joint session of state legislature that the state had achieved zero tolerance on human rights, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik said ''state terrorism'' was going on.

General Sinha had yesterday said the state had witnessed lowest rights violation in 2007 and there was no case of custodial disappearance.

Mr Malik said 44 people, including Reyaz Ahmad and Abdul Rashid Mir, were killed by the security forces after their arrest in the valley during 2007.

He alleged that 672 people were killed in the valley during different incidents while 210 houses were destroyed by the security forces after blasting them.

The JKLF chief said women continue to become victims of the security forces as there were 70 cases of molestation and attempt to rape in the valley.

He said the government cannot supress the voices of the people of Kashmir by such measures.

Mr Malik said during his Safar Azadi tour to about 800 villages across the valley, he was told that there was no let up in the Human Rights violations by the security forces, particularly Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police.

There was no change on the ground after Prime Minister announced zero tolerance on HR violations, he said.

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