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Panun Kashmir expresses shock over Bitta Karate release

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New Delhi, Oct 24 (UNI) Expressing shock over grant of bail to Kashmiri militant Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate by a TADA court in Jammu, the Panun Kashmir today said his release is a ''sad reflection'' of the Jammu and Kashmir government's ''internal structures shielding the inhuman enemies of the nation''.

''It is a shocking reflection of the state government's apathy towards serving the needs of justice that its law enforcing agencies failed, even after 17 years, to frame charges against a person who publicly proclaimed having lost count of the Pandits he had killed brutally in cold blood,'' Panun Kashmir convenor Agnishekhar said.

He said the state government's ''callous'' approach with which it treated the prosecution of a person responsible for ''perpetrating'' genocide of Kashmiri Pandits is highly condemnable.

''We see this latest development as yet another assault on the Indian nation by fundamentalist subversive forces who receive covert assistance by deeply infiltrated administrative structures of Jammu and Kashmir,'' he added.

Appealing to all citizens of the country to protest against the ''grave miscarriage of justice'', Dr Agnishekhar said the court order establishes that displaced Kashmiri Pandits, already victims of neglect and indifference, are now at the mercy of judicial technicalities.

''The national consciousness, concerned citizens, responsible media and proactive civil society must decide for itself what warrants prosecution -- waging war against the country or killing countless innocent people.'' UNI NR RR BS1749

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