Srinagar, March 23, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Kashmir business community and civil society have demanded setting-up of an independent special commission of inquiry in the custodial death of Awantipora school teacher Rizwan Asad. Kashmir business community and civil society members addressing a press conference in Srinagar, today, said that there had been countless instances of inquiries being ordered in killings without any results. They urged Governor Satya Pal Malik to constitute a time-bound independent special commission of inquiry to deter such incidents in future.
The members said that till the time the commission submits its report, it would serve the ends of justice if the case was treated to be one of custodial killing and all persons associated with it were put behind bars and kept away from active duty.
“Such inquiries, suffering from institutional bias and state interference, have rarely served the interests of justice,” they said. “We have a reason to believe that this killing would also suffer the same fate and the killers would again roam free to kill, more confident in the fact that their crimes will never be brought to account,” they added.
The press conference was jointly held by the representatives of various trade bodies and civil society organizations including Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, High Court Bar Association, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation, Kashmir Economic Alliance, Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir, Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies, All Transport Welfare Association, Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Dealers Association, Houseboat Owners Association, Pvt School Association, Kashmir Bakers Association, All Kashmir Chemist and Distributors Association, Hoteliers Club, All Traders and Transporters Coordination Committee, All JandK Taxi Owners Association, Association Of Kashmir Tour, Environmental Protection Group, Beopar Mandal S R Gunj and Batamaloo Traders Association.
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