Over 100 injured during massive operation in Shopian

India using brutal tactics to suppress Kashmiris’ struggle

Srinagar, May 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, over one hundred people including girls were injured when Indian forces’ personnel subjected civilian population to brute force during a massive siege and search operation in Shopian district, today.

Indian police and troops cordoned off the Heff Shirmal area of the district and started a massive search operation. They barged into the residential houses and thrashed everyone who came in their way. They also vandalized the household goods. Over a hundred people including more than fifty girls sustained injuries in the thrashing. People took to the streets in the area and staged forceful demonstrations against the military action. Indian men in uniform fired bullets and pellets to disperse the protesters injuring dozens more people. Twenty people with pellet injuries were shifted to different hospitals in Zainapora, Pulwama and Islamabad while one of the critically injured was moved to Srinagar for specialized treatment.

Meanwhile, hundreds of students in Srinagar and Hajin areas staged forceful protests against the arrest of students across the Kashmir Valley. They raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Indian police and troops resorted to teargas shelling to disperse the protesting students, injuring several of them.

On the other hand, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq held a seminar in Srinagar, today, in connection with the Martyrdom Week to pay homage to prominent martyred Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and martyrs of Hawal. The puppet authorities put Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Shahid-ul-Islam under house arrest to prevent them from addressing the seminar. Speakers at the seminar deplored that India was using brutal tactics to suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing freedom movement. They maintained that there can be no dialogue with the fascists like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Bharatiya Janata Party as they know only one language which is to kill and muzzle the genuine dissent. The speakers included resistance leaders Muhammad Yasin Malik, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Masroor Abbas and student leaders, Inaam-ul-Haq and Tawseef Ahmed.

The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for peaceful protests on Friday against the slapping of draconian law, Public Safety Act, on illegally detained ailing Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi, and her associate, Fehmeeda Sofi, by the puppet authorities. Hurriyet leaders and organizations in their statements described the authorities’ action as political vengeance.

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