Stop evictions in Kashmir, appeal to Indian government for amnesty
Puber Kalam Webdesk: The famous human rights organization Amnesty International appealed to the Indian government to stop the eviction operation in Kashmir. According to Amnesty, no one can be made homeless under international law. The bulldozer operation in Kashmir has started since February 5, houses and shops are being demolished. Evacuation has started in various places of Anantnag and Baramulla districts. Amnesty has expressed concern over this news. Akar Patel, India’s head of this organization, said in a statement that this brutal operation in Jammu and Kashmir is an act of extreme human rights abuse. Many people will be homeless as a result of this eviction. We are concerned about gross human rights violations in this Muslim-dominated region of India. Thus no one’s right to reside can be taken away.
Peter Frankenthal, a UK director of Amnesty, said that the Indian government should stop the evictions with this JCB immediately. Let the Government of India ensure that there is no forced eviction in any way. They have an opportunity to defend themselves before eviction. Alternative accommodation should be arranged for them. Standard policies are to be followed for evacuation. Peter said, the government should immediately stop the evictions and provide compensation to the homeless families. The government is responsible for their care. And legal action should be taken against those who carried out this eviction.
The eviction began with allegations of government land grabbing in Kashmir. The victims came in front of the media and showed their land ownership documents. They say they have been living there for 20/25 years. At no point did the government send any notice to them. They are claiming in front of the media that they were not informed in any way before the eviction. The local administration did not talk to them before driving the bulldozer. This campaign has started suddenly. Videos of men and women crying in front of the bulldozer have gone viral.
On the other hand, former Chief Minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti has been arrested by the Delhi Police. Mehbooba was protesting to stop the eviction campaign. At the time of his arrest, he was saying in front of the media that there is a hooliganism going on in Kashmir.