Shooting of sarpanch in Jammu and Kashmir condemnable: Amnesty

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Srinagar : Amnesty International Friday condemned attacks by “armed groups” on civilians, following the killing of a sarpanch, a village official in Jammu and Kashmir, and said it demonstrated contempt for fundamental principles of humanity.

In a statement, Amnesty International India said that according to police reports, unidentified gunmen took 45 year-old Mohammad Amin Pandit, a sarpanch, from his home in Pulwama district in south Kashmir on April 17th night, and shot him fifty yards away from his house.

“He was declared dead on arrival at a local hospital. No group has claimed responsibility for the killing,” the statement said.

“A number of sarpanches or local government officials in Jammu and Kashmir have been attacked by suspected members of armed groups in recent years,” it said.


Gulzarpora, the town where Pandit was killed, goes to the polls on April 24.

Amnesty International consistently opposes human rights abuses committed by both armed groups and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The perpetrators in the shooting of Mohammad Amin Pandit must be brought to justice in proceedings that meet international fair trial standards. The authorities must investigate all human rights abuses promptly, effectively and transparently,” it added.