29 September, 2020

Gagging Dissent

Gagging Dissent

AT 5.15 pm on March 8, human rights activist and lawyer Jalil Andrabi was driving to his Srinagar home with his wife when he was picked up by a posse of paramilitary men. The authorities in Kashmir have denied any knowledge of his whereabouts after that to the Srinagar High Court, where the bar association has filed a habeas corpus petition.

However, eyewitnesses, including Andrabi's wife, say that the lawyer was stopped by a turbaned major of the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), a paramilitary unit which handles counter-insurgency operations. Andrabi was dragged out of his car, manhandled, bundled into a jonga and whisked away. The incident was witnessed by shopkeepers in the area who say that the RR men had been stopping private vehicles for close to an hour and seemed to be looking for someone

The RR, on its part, says no personnel were deployed in the area at the time. At the same time, relatives of Andrabi, who had gone to the RR camp the following morning, insist they were assured by a junior .Andrabi would reach him. But by evening, the RR began shifting...



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