Troops use brute force on protesters in IOK
Srinagar, March 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that India is strangulating every sane voice for fundamental right to self-determination through the barrel of gun and by the blunt sword of investigative agencies to make the militarized election drama a success in the territory.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the continued crackdown on pro-freedom leaders, activists and especially youth and said that the rhetoric of India being the world’s largest democracy was nothing but mere hoax and deceit. He maintained that India had opened the doors of prisons, interrogation centers and police stations on the Kashmiri people under the garb of election activities. Indian police arrested several youth in Sopore area of Baramulla district.

Indian troops used brute force on peaceful protesters in Awantipora and Arwani areas of South Kashmir. The police fired teargas shells on students of Islamic University of Science and Technology at Awantipora in Pulwama district. They were demanding justice over the custodial killing of Rizwan Asad, who was a visiting professor of the university. The troops launched violent military operations in Sopore, Shopian, Islamabad, Kulgam and Rajouri areas.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Bellow area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on the first martyrdom anniversary of a Kashmiri freedom activist, Shahbaz Ahmed Wani. He was killed along with his associate, Farooq Ahmed Hura, by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation at Awantipora in Pulwama on this day, last year.

Indian authorities slapped for the second time the draconian Public Safety Act on Hurriyat leader, Abdul Samad Inqilabi. He is suffering from multiple ailments at Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu. Dukhtaran-e-Millat in a statement expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health conditions of party Chairperson Aasiya Andrabi, and her two associates Fehmida Sofi and Nahida Nasrin.

On the other hand, a latest study on the use of pellet gun by Indian troops has revealed that 59.3 percent of the victims in the occupied territory were suffering from visual impairment of various degrees ranging from total blindness to different categories of blindness. The study was conducted at Government Medical College Srinagar and it lent scientific support to the lethality of the metallic pellets.


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