Srinagar, Nov 24: A group of 25 activists belonging to various organisations from across the country visited Kashmir between November 11 to November 20.
Their objective was to understand the ground realities and what exactly transpired in the Valley over the past four and a half months since the killing of three Hizbul Mujahideen militants, Burhan Wani, Sartaj Sheikh and Pervaiz Lashkari, by the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police on July 8.
According to the fact-finding committee, since July, as Kashmir was rocked by a series of protests and direct confrontation ensued between protestors and army men, the Valley has been completely alienated from India.
"In the last 135 days, over 102 unarmed civilians have been killed by the Indian Army, the J&K Police and central paramilitary forces. More than 15,000 people have been injured by armed firing and in pellet firing and shelling, of which around 7,000 are cases of severe injury. A majority of those who have been killed are young and many are minors. This information has been documented by the media," stated the report compiled by the activists.
Some of the activists, who visited Kashmir for nine days, include Medha Patkar (Narmada Bachao Andolan), Kavita Krishnan (All India Progressive Women's Association), SP Udaykumar (Peoples Movement against Nuclear Energy) and Gautam Mody (New Trade Union Initiative), to name a few.
The report in the end stated, "We also conclude that the actions of the BJP government at the centre and the PDP-BJP government in J&K are acts of vengeance aimed at forcing the peoples of Kashmir into subjugation by using every possible force available to government for breaking the people's resolve for a democratic settlement to achieve their aspirations."
"As representatives of diverse peoples' movements, trade unions and other organisations in India, and as India's citizens, we can say without reservation that the actions of the Indian state in Kashmir amount to profound violation of democratic and human rights."