Thousands attend funeral of martyred boy

Srinagar, February 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a march will be conducted towards Shopian town, tomorrow, to register protest against the surge in civilian killings by Indian troops in the territory.

Call for the march has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The resistance leaders have urged the people to converge at Shopian in large numbers and offer congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid in the town, tomorrow. They have announced that after congregational prayers, a rally will be conducted from Jamia Masjid to the main chowk Shopian to express solidarity with the families of five civilians who have been killed in the brutal actions of Indian troops in the district.

The puppet authorities have put Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Aasiya Andrabi, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Bilal Siddiqi and Umar Aadil Dar under house arrest or in custody to stop them from leading the march. Indian police is conducting raids across the territory to arrest Muhammad Yasin Malik who has gone into hiding to lead the march.

Meanwhile, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of a 10-year-old boy, Musharraf Fayaz Najar, in Datmudoor area of Shopian, today, amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. At least two rounds of funeral prayers were held to accommodate huge rush of mourners. Musharraf Fayaz was critically injured on January 25 after a shell exploded when the people were clearing the debris of a house destroyed by Indian troops with mortar shells and explosive material at Chaigund in Shopian. He succumbed to his injuries after battling for his life for a week at a hospital in Srinagar, raising the number of killings in Shopian district to seven during the last nine days. An APHC delegation including Yasmeen Raja and Advocate Dewinder Singh visited the families of the martyred youth and expressed solidarity with them.

Complete shutdown continued in Shopian and Pulwama districts on the ninth consecutive day, today, against the killings.

On the other hand, the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, revealed that the Indian troops, in their unabated acts of state terrorism, martyred 18 Kashmiris including 3 young boys during the last month of January. These killings rendered 2 women widowed and 10 children orphaned. As many as 147 people were injured due to the firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells by the Indian troops and police against peaceful protesters while 137 civilians including Hurriyet leaders and activists were arrested during the month. Indian forces’ personnel also destroyed and damaged 62 residential houses and disgraced 6 women during the period.

In New Delhi, a court has rejected the bail plea of a senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, in a false case of money laundering registered against him in 2007.


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