Indian police arrest over dozen youth in IOK

Half of India’s internet outages occurred in IOK
Srinagar, March 25 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police have arrested over a dozen youth including Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leaders and activists from different areas of the territory.

In the wake of India banning the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front on Friday, police arrested around half a dozen leaders including Bashir Ahmad Boya and Abdur Rasheed Mugloo from Baramulla, Ganderbal and southern districts during nocturnal raids. The troops arrested, at least, seven youth during house raids at Arhama in Shopian district.

Indian police also arrested two Kashmiri youth on return from Pakistan. The youth who had gone to Pakistan on legal documents were arrested at Lakhanpur in Kathua district and were sent to Joint Interrogation Centre in Jammu.

The Mirwaiz led Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the mass crackdown and arrest of resistance leaders and activists, booking them under draconian Public Safety Act and shifting them to outside jails. The forum said the ban imposed on Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front is totally undemocratic and termed the move as sheer political vendetta.

Meanwhile, clashes broke out between Indian forces’ personnel and the local youth after Indian troops cordoned off Arwani area in south Kashmir’s Islamabad district. The youth took to the streets and pelted the troops with stones. The troops used brutal force and fired teargas shells on the protestors.

A delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference visited the residence of martyr Amir Rasool Kaboo in Arampora area of Sopore to express solidarity with his family. The delegation members said that Kashmiri youth were offering huge sacrifices to secure the future of coming generations.

The participants of a meeting of the Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Movement in Jammu urged the international community to come forward in a big way to rescue the people of Jammu and Kashmir from growing atrocities of Indian forces in Kashmir. The meeting was presided over by Muhammad Sharif Sartaj.

APHC AJK chapter held a meeting at its office in Islamabad to express condolences over the death of a freedom leader, Abdul Majeed Pathan. He died in Srinagar on Saturday.

On the other hand, a study has shown that half of the world’s known Internet shutdowns have happened in India, mostly in occupied Kashmir. The study conducted by California-based Stanford University said that India had witnessed 134 network shutdowns in 2018 alone and more than 100 in 2016-17. Over 47 per cent of the total shutdowns happened in Kashmir. The longest Internet shutdown of 203 days was witnessed in occupied Kashmir following the July 2016 killing of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

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