21 October, 2020

Death Of A School Principal In Pulwama Opens Valley's Old Wounds

29-year-old school principal Rizwan ­Assad Pandith died in police custody in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Who Killed Rizwan?
Protesters demand ‘Justice for Rizwan’
Death Of A School Principal In Pulwama Opens Valley's Old Wounds
outlookindia.com
2019-04-01T13:05:14+05:30

The death of 29-year-old school principal Rizwan ­Assad Pandith in police custody in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district has brought the ­focus back on torture centres in the Valley. He had been picked up from his home on the evening of March 17 and taken to Cargo, headquarters of the J&K Police’s Special Operation Group (SOG) in Srinagar. While most torture centres of the 1990s have been turned into posh properties—for instance, former CM Mehbooba Mufti has been living for more than a decade in what used to be the infamous PAPA-2 torture centre—Cargo hasn’t changed. WikiLeaks had revealed that the International Committee of the Red Cross had briefed US diplomats in Delhi in 2005 about electrocution, sexual humiliation and beatings inside Cargo.

Outside the Pandith home in Awanti­pora hangs a banner with a picture of Rizwan smiling and the words ‘Justice for Rizwan’. “We know hundreds have been killed and disappeared in Kashmir,” says a relative. “Some of their kin have fought legal battles, but have...

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