SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, six civilians including a teenage boy were killed and many others injured in firing by Indian armed forces on peaceful protesters in Srinagar, Badgam and Islamabad districts on Tuesday.
Four civilians were killed and over a dozen wounded when Indian police and troops opened fire on the protesters at Aripanthan in Beerwah area of Badgam district. A 10th class student, Muhammad Yasir Sheikh, was killed after Indian police directly fired on demonstrators in Batamaloo area of Srinagar. Police and paramilitary personnel ransacked houses and harassed inmates in the area. Another youth was martyred when the forces’ personnel subjected the protesters to brutal force in Larkipora area of Islamabad district. With these killings, the death toll in the ongoing Kashmir Intifada rose to 80 in the past 39 days.
Meanwhile, the puppet authorities continued to impose curfew and other restrictions for the 39th consecutive day, today, across the territory to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the civilian killings. However, people defied curfew and staged anti-India protests. The members of business community also held a protest march in Srinagar against the continued killing spree. Indian police arrested an Imam of a Masjid in north Kashmir’s Handwara area on the charge of delivering an anti-India lecture during his Friday prayers’ sermon.
On the other hand, a march would be conducted towards the office of the United Nations Military Observer Group at Sonawar in Srinagar, tomorrow, as part of the joint protest calendar given by the Hurriyet leadership. The Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement appealed to the people to make the programme a success.
In Bangalore, police registered a sedition case against the Amnesty International over organizing an event on human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. The Amnesty criticized the charges saying that the registration of the sedition case showed a lack of belief in fundamental rights and freedoms in India.
The spokesman for Sri Akal Takht Jathedar, Jagtar Singh Hawara, who is backed by leading Sikh diaspora organizations through a letter urged the new UK government to support a referendum about political future of Indian Punjab. Sikh delegations also participated in a joint protest, organised alongside Kashmiri groups, outside the Indian High Commission in London to condemn the mass killings in Kashmir. The protestors called for the perpetrators of such crimes to be punished by an international criminal tribunal saying that India was using human rights abuses as a tool of repression both in Kashmir and Punjab.