Srinagar, August 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, several people were injured in Islamabad, Pulwama, Shopian and other areas, today, after Indian police and troops subjected to brute force the peaceful demonstrators protesting against the onslaught on Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution.

People took to the streets in different areas of Islamabad, Pulwama and Shopian after news spread this morning that the Indian Supreme Court was hearing a fresh petition challenging the Article 35-A. The constitutional provision guarantees special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

The protesters chanted high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Indian police and troops fired teargas shells and used brute force to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes between the demonstrators and the forces’ personnel. Several people sustained injuries in the forces’ brutal actions. The clashes were going on when reports last came in. Three youth with eye injuries were shifted to Srinagar hospitals for treatment.

People including students held massive demonstrations in Srinagar and Kulgam also in support of the continuation of the Article 35-A. Indian troops barged into the government Degree College Kulgam and thrashed students and the staff. The students said that the troops also beat up female students and staffers without any reason.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown is being observed in different areas of Srinagar, Islamabad and Pulwama areas against the attempts to repeal the Article 35-A.

On the other hand, the Indian Supreme Court, today, adjourned the fresh plea seeking abrogation of Article 35-A following adjournment request by the petitioner. The petition listed for hearing was dropped by the apex court after an adjournment letter was moved by the petitioner Ashwani Upadhyay, who is a BJP leader and lawyer.

It is to mention here that the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for complete shutdown on August 30 and 31 in the territory to register protest against BJP-led Indian government’s attempts to abrogate the Article 35-A. Indian Supreme Court will be hearing the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Article on August 31.


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