Clashes, protests continue in Islamabad town

Srinagar, October 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed, tomorrow, against the braid chopping incidents masterminded by Indian secret agencies in the territory.

Call for the strike has been given by the Joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The leadership in a statement while terming the rising incidents of braid chopping as a conspiracy reiterated that people of Kashmir would pursue their right to self-determination, more vigorously. Braid choppers either spray some chemical on the face of women to make them unconscious or grab them forcibly and then cut their braids. More than sixty such incidents have been reported from across the occupied territory during the past few weeks. At many places, people caught hold of the braid choppers; however, they were rescued by the troops and Indian police.

Clashes erupted after youth took to the streets against the highhandedness of Indian police in Islamabad town, today. The youth raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans and marched on the streets of Reshibazar in the town. Meanwhile, traders of Islamabad district continued their protest for the second consecutive day, today, against the brutalities of Indian police. They staged a sit-in at Lal Chowk in Islamabad town, and demanded the transfer of the Station House Officer, involved in using force on traders.

Police arrested the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chief Spokesman, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, during a raid on his house in Srinagar. APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani has strongly condemned the police action.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and seven other party leaders and activists were shifted to Central Jail, Srinagar, on a judicial remand. A JKLF spokesman in a statement said that the leaders were being subjected to a political vendetta.

Indian troops raided the residence of the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People’s League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, and subjected the family members to brutal torture. The incident happened in the absence of Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, who has already been kept in a local police station.

The Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force has sent 21,000 rounds of newly-developed plastic bullets to Kashmir to crush anti-India protests in the territory. These plastic bullets will be used alongside live bullets and much-criticized pellets.

An Indian soldier, identified as Narendra R, shot himself dead with his service rifle in Pahalgam area of Islamabad district, today. This incident raised the number of such deaths amongst the Indian troops and police personnel to 388 since January 2007. KMS

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