Kashmir University, IUST teachers condemn Rizwan’s ‘custodial killing’, demand end to ‘human rights violations’

Awantipora: The Islamic University Faculty Association (IUFA) on Friday condemned the alleged custodial killing of a school teacher Rizwan Assad Pandith and termed it an outrageous and a tremendous loss to education while demanding immediate justice for him.

In a statement, the IUFA said Pandith worked as a guest faculty in the Polytechnic College, Islamic University of Science and Technology in 2018. “He was not just a competent academician, but a thorough gentleman as well. His untimely death is a huge loss to education in South Kashmir where he was heading a school and a coaching center as well,” the statement of the Association said.

The association has demanded that the perpetrators of such crimes be brought to justice at an earliest as there is no place for such horrific crimes in civilized and responsible societies.

The Association has once again expressed dismay and concern over the delay in the dispensation of justice in the alleged custodial killing of another teacher Shabir Ahmad Mango, a college lecturer who was allegedly killed in police custody on August 17, 2016. “Such gory cases of the alleged custodial killings of teachers have caused an immense damage to the intellectual capital of the education sector in the state and we again call for justice to Mango also,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) too has strongly condemned the killing and demanded immediate dispensation of justice. “Such treatment to the ‘nation builders’ on sustained basis does not augur well for the peace and stability in the state,” reiterated  the KUTA spokesperson.

The two associations have also called for an immediate end to the continued human rights violations in Kashmir.

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