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Human rights being blatantly violated in Kashmir: Mamata

Human rights being blatantly violated in Kashmir: Mamata

Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reiterated on Monday that human rights have been completely violated in Kashmir.

Banerjee's comment came through a tweet on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day. The Chief Minister said she had once taken to the streets to protest against human rights violations.

"Today is World Humanitarian Day. Human rights have been totally violated in #Kashmir. Let us pray for human rights and peace in #Kashmir.

"Human rights is a subject very close to my heart. In 1995, I was on the road for 21 days to protect human rights violations against deaths in lock-ups," she tweeted.

Banerjee also criticised the killing of journalist Ashish Janwani of Dainik Jagran and his brother in Uttar Pradesh and described the situation as "unacceptable." She posted on Twitter: "I am shocked and saddened to hear about the killing of journalist Ashish Janwani and his brother in Uttar Pradesh. Unacceptable. My condolences to the grieving family of Dainik Jagran team."

It may be recalled that after the Rajya Sabha scrapped the special privileges under Section 370 of the Indian Constitution in Kashmir and reduced the status of the state to a Union Territory, Banerjee had criticized the manner in which it was conducted.

On the eve of Independence Day, Banerjee, while addressing a meeting in Behala, had said the human rights of the Kashmiri people had been violated and residents there were in a state of dire stress. "The leaders from Kashmir had called me and we do not know about their condition," she had said.

Banerjee has criticised the Home Ministry over and again for not sending any advisory to Uttar Pradesh where people were being killed every day while letters were sent to Bengal where the law and order situation had not deteriorated at all. "In UP, Dalits have been killed and in the name of protection of cows, people have been lynched. But no advisory is being sent to UP while the Home ministry sent advisory to Bengal where the law and order situation has not been deteriorated." The Chief Minister's allegations have come true following the gruesome murder of a journalist and his brother.

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