Protest in Srinagar against civilian killings

Srinagar, July 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops martyred another youth during their fresh act of state terrorism in Kupwara district, today.

The youth was killed during a cordon and search operation in Magam area of Handwara. Indian army claimed that the youth was killed during an encounter. However, locals refuted the claim and said that the youth was killed in cold blood.

A protest demonstration organized by the Joint Resistance Leadership was held in Srinagar, today, against the killing of civilians by the Indian troops in Kulgam district on Saturday. The resistance leaders who attended the protest included Hilal Ahmad War, Imtiaz Ahmad Shah, Nisar Hussain Rather, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Umar Adil Dar, Master Abdur Rasheed, Muhammad Shafi Mir, Sheikh Abdur Rasheed and Imran Butt. The protesters assembled at Abi Guzar and tried to march towards Lal Chowk when a large posse of police intercepted them and detained many of them. Pro-freedom and anti-India slogans were raised on the occasion.

Meanwhile, traffic came to a standstill on the airport road after the family and relatives of four boys detained by police staged a protest in Hyderpora area of Srinagar, today.

Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Zamrooda Habib, Jamaat-e-Islami and Jammu and Kashmir National Front in their separate statements condemned the arrest and shifting of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi and her associates to New Delhi.

Hurriyat leader Mushtaq-ul-Islam in a statement in Srinagar condemned the detention of Hurriyat leaders and activists, terming it as extremely unwise to deny political space and muzzle the genuine voices.

On the other hand, shutdown was observed in Bhadarwah, Banihal and other areas of Jammu region to commemorate the second martyrdom anniversary of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani and killings of civilians by Indian troops in Kulgam. Hurriyat delegation led by APHC General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi and Mahaz-e-Azadi President Mir Mohammad Iqbal visited the families of martyrs in Redwani area of Kulgam district, today.

The authorities continued to suspend mobile internet services for the third consecutive day, today, across south Kashmir to prevent protest against the killings.

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