London Police Asked to Nab Amit Shah, Indian Army Chief over War Crimes in Kashmir

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The complaint filed by SWI said that the it has submitted extensive evidences to the Metropolitan Police’s War Crimes Unit to take action against Naravane, Amit Shah, and eight other military officers responsible for crimes against journalists, activists and civilians in Kashmir.

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Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravne and  Union Home Minister Amit Shah
Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravne and Union Home Minister Amit Shah

A London based law firm — Stoke White Investigation (SWI) has registered a complaint with the London’s Metropolitan Police demanding the arrest of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravne for their alleged roles in war crimes in Kashmir.

The complaint filed by SWI said that the it has submitted extensive evidences to the Metropolitan Police’s War Crimes Unit to take action against Naravane, Amit Shah, and eight other military officers responsible for crimes against journalists, activists and civilians in Kashmir.

The report is based on 2000 testimonies taken over the past years. The report shows, “how Indian security forces, headed by Naravane and Shah, have been responsible for the torture, kidnapping and extrajudicial killing of activists, journalists, and other innocent civilians, particularly targeting Muslims in the region.”

“Stoke White filed evidence to the Met with particular focus on the detention-without charge for 18 years of Zia Mustapha. Mustapha was arrested at the age of 15, and after 18 years detention without any credible charges, killed in an extrajudicial killing”, the report read.

It added, “Evidence was also submitted that focuses on the torture of human rights campaigner Muhammad Ahsan Untoo. The report indicates that the violations in question increased under the Global War on Terror (GWOT) and the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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The report also presents detailed evidence to attest that Israeli security personnel have been present during, and themselves been responsible for, interrogations whose methods fall under the legal definition of torture. This is the subject of ongoing investigation by the SWI unit.

Indian Army in Kashmir

Khalil Dewan, author of the report said, “This report is dedicated to the families who have lost loved ones without a trace, and who experience daily threats when trying to attain justice. Although Indian authorities have on occasion offered compensation, this has only arrived as a bid to silence families – the time has now come for victims to seek justice through other avenues, via a firmer application of international law.”

“The systematic nature of war crimes conducted by Indian authorities against Kashmiri Muslims has been documented, but this report brings forward new evidence of complicity between Delhi and Tel Aviv within a broader context of security policies and rhetoric invoked by the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). This complicity has not been exposed in such detail before, and our data is growing”, he further added.

Hakan Camuz, director of Stoke White said, “The fact that Kashmiri Muslims have only international law to turn to after decades of seeking justice in their own country and only being subjected to further violence for doing so, means Stoke White must begin the process of justice on their behalf, in a country that we understand respects the rule of law.”

“The application to the UK Met Police’s war crimes unit is a launchpad to investigate prime minister Narendra Modi’s government ministers for war crimes. It should also be seen as the start of a broader legal action on the enabling environment created by the GWOT internationally, which has seen minors incarcerated and journalists and lawyers silenced under the blanket of ‘countering terrorism’, with no legal challenge.”

“We hope this is the start of genuine justice for survivors of war crimes, and a firming up of the international legal landscape so that perpetrators are apprehended according to their crimes, no matter who they may be. The world can no longer be bystanders, to India’s crimes and impunity”.

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