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24 SPOs seek apology, quit police jobs

Srinagar, August 12 (KMS): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world will observe the India’s Independence Day on Wednesday as Black Day to convey the message to the international community that New Delhi has usurped their inalienable right to self-determination by the dint of force.

The day will be marked by a complete strike in occupied Kashmir, call for which has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The leadership in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said that an atmosphere of fear had been created in the occupied territory through frisking and harassment of people at the checkpoints established by the Indian forces in the run-up to August 15. The leaders urged India to realize the ground reality and come forward to settle the lingering Kashmir dispute according to the will of the Kashmiri people.

In the face of unrelenting Indian atrocities on innocent Kashmiris and New Delhi’s deep conspiracies against the demography of Jammu and Kashmir, as many as 24 special police officers have left their jobs in last couple of days. They have also sought apology from Kashmiri people.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted between Indian forces and youth, today, against a cordon and search operation launched by the troops in Sirnoo area of Pulwama district. The troops used force and fired bullets to disperse the protesters. One youth was killed and four others were injured in a landmine explosion in Tosa Maidan area in Badgam district. The area was once used as firing range by the Indian army.

A policeman was killed while four Central Reserve Police Force personnel were injured in an attack in Batamaloo area of Srinagar, today. The incident took place during a siege and search operation jointly conducted by Indian police and Central Reserve Police Force. The authorities snapped mobile and Internet services in the city.

On the other hand, in a first sign of revolt in Bharatiya Janta Party over its attempts of scrapping Article 35-A, the BJP MLA from R S Pura, Jammu, Gagan Bhagat opposed abrogation of the Article, and warned that if the law was scrapped, Jammuites would take up guns.

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