One more killing, one more probe!
So, after a brief calm, it’s back to ‘square one’—violence and innocent killings. After a couple of year’s short lived respite from death, destruction and human-rights violations we are again caught in the vortex of unprovoked violence and killing. We all know the root cause of this trouble (long pending Kashmir issue) and the violence that erupts out of it. Unfortunately for the last more than two decades this festering sore has turned into a political cancer that has annihilated a considerable number of innocent people for no fault of theirs. Unfortunately, over the period of time all stake holders have been exploiting the fluid political situation in Kashmir with poor Kashmiri people as fodder for their political canons.
Narbal killing is the latest of a chain of carnages that Kashmir has experienced during last many decades. Narbal village, located on Srinagar Gulmarg road, is another under-developed, least organised dwelling of humble rural folks, mostly occupied with farming. They have very little to do and influence the overall political developments in Kashmir. However, the pattern of violence and innocent killings in recent past, particularly 2008 onwards has left a horrifying impact on the mind and psyche of younger generation of Kashmir. Exposure to extreme exploitation has made Kashmiri youth volatile and impulsive. A slight spark of unwarranted force and injustice can ignite the volcano within the young Kashmiris. Thus, Narbal incident disturbed the fragile calm! It astonishes that in a village with a population of few odd thousand people authorities could not handle less than a hundred angry youth and they resorted to lethal gunfire against unarmed youth that robbed a sixteen year old boy of his precious life. A budding life got trampled under the heavy boots of power and force. Flouting all norms of so-called SOP (standard operational procedure) the security forces resorted to extreme force to quell a small gathering of angry youth. Did the youth of Narbal carry guns or any other lethal weapon? Did they try to kill anyone? They were simply registering their protest; giving vent to their anger and frustration against excesses. For no justified reason the unruly, trigger happy forces resorted to shooting; because the past experience shows that they are least accountable. No forum can ever dare to challenge their authority and use of excessive force.