JRL demands impartial probe by UNHRC into Machil encounter

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Srinagar, Jun 24: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Dr Mohammad Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik on Sunday demanded an impartial probe by UNHRC or by some international agency into Machil Kupwara encounter, “wherein reportedly three youth were killed in a fake encounter on June 6,” JRL said.
The spokesman in a statement expressed their deep grief and concern over the killing of three youth including Zahid Rashid (Kantpora Kulgam) in mysterious circumstances and termed it a very sensitive issue and a matter of concern for all. “The youth were brutally massacred and buried in mysterious circumstances,” they said. “We feel the pain of separation and the demand for their burials according to religious rituals is humanitarian.
Meanwhile, various deputations called on joint resistance leadership and briefed and apprised about the situations arising from the reluctance of authorities. The statement said that during the interaction with JRL the deputation said that authorities are reluctant to return the dead bodies of youth, slain in Machil Kupwara encounter. Denying burial (of slain youth) as per religious rites is insensitive and callous,” they added.
It is a matter of grave concern that government forces detain and later kill our youth in far-off places and bury them in unknown graves.
The joint leadership in their statement appealed international community to initiate an impartial probe.