Police bill 2013 evokes widespread criticism in IHK

Police bill 2013 evokes widespread criticism in IHK


Srinagar, February 26, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the so-called Police Reforms Bill 2013 has evoked widespread criticism with many politicians across the board and civil society groups arguing that the bill is fraught with serious human rights implications.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is under house arrest in Srinagar, in a statement expressed concern over the proposed Police Reforms Bill. He said that such legislation would put Kashmir into lawlessness. He said that the bill was nothing but a move to put the territory at the mercy of Ikhwan-type (India-sponsored gunmen) force.

The Mirwaiz maintained that the bill would turn the life of the people of Kashmir, who are already suffering under the draconian acts like AFSPA, DAA and PSA, more miserable. “Rather than making the people, who are involved in killing Kashmiris, accountable, the authorities want to give extraordinary powers to them,” he deplored. He said that the APHC and the people of Kashmir would oppose any such bill and would launch an agitation against it.

The JKLF Acting Chairman, Bashir Ahmad Butt, in his statement said that the bill was directed against the Kashmiris. “Kashmir has already witnessed misuse of power by armed forces and giving sweeping powers to police will worsen the matters,” he added.

The spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) in a statement termed it as a move to strengthen the hands of army. “The police bill is a move to help the military establishment. This is reinforcement to army in whose hands lies the actual control,” he stated.

The Independent member of so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed described the Bill as an “attempt to include the whole police force” in Ikhwani culture”, a reference to an era in the territory during which an India-backed gang of hooligans was raised to shoot and kill pro-freedom people. “The present bill aims at nothing but rebirth of ikhwani culture,” he added.

Dr Shiekh Showkat, a legal expert and academician, said, “Police is supposed to be subservient to the civil administration but the problem in the bill is that it directs the civil administration to be subservient to the Police.”

Terming the provisions to create Special Security Zones as an ultra vires, Showkat said, “Under the draft, if passed, police can declare on their own any area as Special Security Zone. It’ll deprive the people of various rights and it can discriminate with the people of that area from the other areas.”

Pro-India Peoples Democratic Party expressing its reservations about the bill also termed it an attempt to institutionalize the Ikhwani culture.

Reacting to the Police Bill 2013, leader of pro-India National Conference and Member of Indian Parliament, Ghulam Nabi Rattanpuri in a statement said, police already enjoy unbridled powers. “I believe that police have numerous violations of law to its credit and the number of rogue elements is not decreasing.”

Kashmiri leader, Sajjad Ghani Lone, said that the proposed bill was a covert attempt by the authorities to impose Marshall Law in the territory by putting civil liberties and rights into permanent abeyance.

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