Indian authorities arrest seven Hurriyat leaders in IOK Anti-India demonstrations, clashes in Badgam, Kulgam

Srinagar, July 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian authorities arrested seven Hurriyat leaders in Srinagar, today, after implicating them in false cases.

The Indian National Investigation Agency summoned the leaders, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Merajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Farooq Ahmed Dar and Shahid-ul-Islam to its office at Humhama in Srinagar and took them into custody. Later, they were airlifted to New Delhi.

The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement in Srinagar called for complete shutdown in occupied Kashmir, tomorrow, to protest and condemn the revengeful, arbitrary and illegal arrest of Hurriyat leaders.

Meanwhile, people staged forceful protests in Beerwah town of Badgam district, today, against the recent killing of a youth, Tanveer Ahmed Wani, by Indian Army. Indian police and troops deployed in strength in the area resorted to teargas shelling to disperse the demonstrators, triggering clashes between the protesters and the forces’ personnel.

Complete shutdown continued for the fourth consecutive day, today, in Beerwah and its adjoining areas to mourn the killing of the youth. The authorities also continued to suspend mobile internet services for the fourth successive day, today, in various parts of Badgam district. Indian police arrested several Hurriyat leaders when they visited Beerwah town to express solidarity with the family of martyred Tanveer Ahmad Wani. A large number of people including Hurriyat leaders, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Mir Muhammad Iqbal and Muhammad Ahsan Untoo participated in a condolence reference held for martyred Tanveer Ahmed in Beerwah.

Youth clashed with Indian troops, who launched a cordon and search operation in Qaimoh area of Kulgam district. The troops resorted to brute force to disperse the protesters.

Scores of Kashmiri policemen including those injured after facing severe thrashing by Indian Army personnel in Gund area of Ganderbal recently staged a demonstration in Srinagar, today. Regretting their past actions, the protesting policemen were holding banners that read “We will not commit atrocities on our Kashmiri brothers in future”. Indian police arrested member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, after he led a protest at Lal Chowk in Srinagar against the thrashing of the Kashmiri policemen by Indian soldiers.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement, Mir Shahid Saleem, addressing a function in Jammu paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931 and other Kashmiris who have been killed by Indian troops during the last thirty years. The function was organised by the party to remember the July 13 martyrs of Kashmir.

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