Indian troops martyr 27 Kashmiris in Feb, two more today

Srinagar, March 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar and parts of south Kashmir, today, to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami of the territory by the Indian government and raids on the residences of Hurriyat leaders by India’s National Investigation Agency.

The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had called for peaceful demonstrations after Juma prayers, today. The JRL in a statement in Srinagar condemning the ban on the Jamaat said that New Delhi’s repressive measures against the Kashmiris had become the order of the day.

The occupation authorities deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength in Srinagar, Islamabad and Bijbehara to prevent the demonstrations. Indian forces’ personnel locked down Jamia Masjid Srinagar and disallowed people to offer Juma prayers. The authorities placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest while Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mukhtar Waza are already under illegal detention. However, despite restrictions, a large number of Hurriyat leaders and activists staged a demonstration at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. They shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.

Indian Ministry of Home Affairs in a notification issued yesterday banned the Jamaat-e-Islami on the charges of supporting the ongoing liberation struggle and pro-freedom groups fighting for this purpose. Indian police and troops continued their crackdown against the Jamaat leaders and activists in South Kashmir arresting dozens of them.

Meanwhile, the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, revealed that Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred 27 Kashmiris including one in custody during the last month of February. As many as 184 people were injured due to the firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells by Indian police and troops against protesters while 681 civilians including Hurriyat leaders and activists were arrested during the period. Indian forces’ personnel also destroyed and damaged 42 residential houses and molested 2 women in the month.

The troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three more youth at Babagund in Handwara area of Kupwara district, today. Several people were injured when the troops used brute force against peaceful protesters in the area. Earlier, an Inspector of Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force and three policeman were killed and five army personnel were injured in an attack in the area.

A report released by Kashmir High Court Bar Association after visits of its teams to different jails of Jammu and Delhi’s Tihar Jail said that the prison authorities were not providing proper medical care and hygienic food to the Kashmiri detainees and not producing them on the dates of hearing of their cases.

Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Zafar Akbar Butt, Muhammad Iqbal Mir and Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi in their statements appreciated Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s goodwill gesture of releasing captured Indian pilot, Abhinandan.

In Brussels, the Chairman of Kashmir Council Europe, Ali Raza Syed, has sent letters to the higher authorities of European Union and members of European Parliament asking them to play role in de-escalating tension between Pakistan and India.


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