“380 civilians killed in Kashmir during Omar Abdullah’s tenure, not 134”

“380 civilians killed in Kashmir during Omar Abdullah’s tenure, not 134”

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The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), a human rights group on Friday criticized Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for using kind language-phrases- such as “lost their lives as opposite to killings” in state legislative assembly and claimed that 380 civilians were killed and not 134, as Abdullah had mentioned.

On August 27, Omar had said that “from 2009 to July 2014, 134 persons had lost their lives in action by police and paramilitary forces.”

Terming it as a pathetic defense of a tenure which has overseen widespread and systematic killings in Jammu and Kashmir by the hands of the Indian forces, in a statement JKCCS spokesperson said, “The Government of Jammu and Kashmir seeks to limit its responsibility to 134 civilians killed in last five and a half years, when it in reality bears responsibility for a total of 380 civilians who have been killed from 2009 to July 2014.”

The statement further reads that the government figures are based on the daily police press notes which are aimed at controlling the discourse and the damage caused by the actions of the armed forces.

“The government’s culpability lies in directing and overseeing these killings and in taking no action,” the spokesperson added.

The statement also said that the terminology of the Chief Minister’s response is expected and clearly indicative of the position of the government on the role of the armed forces.

Referring to the drowning case of Faizan Ahmad Buhroo who was chased by SOG men, the spokesperson said that the killing of civilians by government forces in drowning is referred to merely as drowning. It also said, “Killing of civilians is referred to as “engagements between protestors and deployment on the ground.”