65 martyred in Indian-held Kashmir during 28 days

SRINAGAR: The number of innocent Kashmiris martyred by Indian security forces has crossed sixty-five after twenty-eight days of protests.

According to details, more than sixty-five people have been martyred and thousands have been injured due to the unrest in occupied Kashmir, after the killing of freedom fighter Burhan Wani on July 8. Indian security forces have continued to target innocent civilians with pellet guns in an attempt to dispel protesters from voicing their demand for freedom.

Indian authorities have temporarily suspended mobile and internet services in some parts of occupied Kashmir. Curfew is also imposed in some parts of the area, forbidding people to venture outside.

Amnesty International, an internationally renowned human rights group, called upon the Indian government on Thursday, to desist from using pellet guns to dispel supporters.

“Pellet guns are inherently inaccurate and indiscriminate, and have no place in law enforcement,” Zahoor Wani, Senior Campaigner, Amnesty International India said in a statement. “Amnesty International India calls on the Jammu and Kashmir government to immediately stop the use of pellet guns in policing protests. They cannot ensure well-targeted shots and risk causing serious injury, including to bystanders or other protesters not engaging in violence. These risks are almost impossible to control,” he said.

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