Jammu, May 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have decided to revive the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Indian police in 9 districts of Jammu region.

The SOG was disbanded during PDP-Congress coalition regime in 2002 headed by late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Presently, it exists only in Jammu district.

The authorities are in the process of equipping the group with latest and sophisticated gadgetry including bullet-proof vehicles.

“The new SOG will also take up the additional task of forming the Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs),”’ official sources told daily Excelsior. »

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Jammu, May 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, curfew was imposed in Bhaderwah town of Jammu region following violent protests triggered by the killing of a Muslim youth by Hindu extremists.

Relatives of the deceased Nayeem Shah said that he was a victim of cow vigilantism. Nayeem was shot dead by the Hindu extremists at Nalti Pul in the town, last night.

Soon after the incident, people took to the streets and staged demonstrations against the killing. Indian police used brute force and fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters. »

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Brussels, May 16 (KMS): The Chairman of Kashmir Council Europe (KCEU), Ali Raza Syed, has urged the UN and European Union to play role in stopping the human rights violations by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir and take steps for peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Ali Raza Syed in a statement issued in Brussels condemning the human rights abuses by the troops highlighted the issues related to killing of innocent people in extrajudicial actions, illegal detention of youth and political leaders and violent search operations in the occupied territory. »

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Islamabad, May 16 (KMS): The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has expressed grave concern over the deteriorating health of party General Secretary, Muhammad Ramzan Khan.

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad said Muhammad Ramzan Khan is suffering from acute Asthma for the last several months developed caused by the unhygienic conditions in his place of detention. He said that despite being an Asthma patient, Ramzan Khan’s house was being raided frequently and he was repeatedly detained and lodged in different police stations but the authorities never arranged any sort of treatment for him. This resulted in developing acute Asthma in him causing serious damage to his lungs, he said. »

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Srinagar, May 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has strongly condemned the Indian government’s directive asking students from the territory not to take admission in educational institutions in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Students in every part of the world have all the rights to choose what school or professional and academic college to go to and why. But when it comes to Kashmir, it is all together a different story. Even education here is driven by repressive politics and outrageous directives by the Indian government and its agencies.” »

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Calls for complete shutdown in IOK on May 21

Srinagar, May 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Awami Action Committee (AAC), headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has announced various programs in connection with Hafta-e-Shahadat (Martyrdom Week) to mark the martyrdom anniversaries of prominent Hurriyat leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone as well as victims of Hawal massacre.

Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his residence in Srinagar on 21st of May in 1990. More than 70 mourners were killed in Hawal area of the city when Indian troops opened fire on his funeral procession. On the same day, in 2002, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone was killed by unknown assailants when he was returning from Eidgah after addressing a public gathering. »

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Srinagar, May 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the family of illegally detained Kashmiri youth, Peerzada Muhammad Ashraf, has expressed concern about his safety as the Indian police have not produced him in court during the last six months.

The family of Peerzada Muhammad Ashraf says that he remains illegally detained for more than a decade now even when he has already been granted bail in all the cases. The family says that over a decade they have already spent more than two million rupees on his court case to prove his innocence. »

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Authorities impose curfew in Pulwama

Srinagar, May 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred five Kashmiri youth in Pulwama and Baramulla districts.

The troops martyred three youth, Naseer Pandit, Umar Mir and Khalid Ahmed, and destroyed a residential house during a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Dalipora area of Pulwama district in wee hours, today. Another youth identified as Rayees Ahmed Dar was martyred and his brother, Younis Ahmed Dar, was injured in the firing of the troops in the area. They are believed to be the sons of the house owner. Earlier, one Indian soldier was killed and two others were critically injured in the same area. The operation was going on till last report came in. »

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Srinagar, May 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has criticized India for not allowing the International Committee of Red Cross, Amnesty International and other human rights organizations to visit the Indian jails to observe for themselves the pathetic condition of Kashmiri political prisoners. »

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People urged to maintain calm, unity

Srinagar, May 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has criticized India for not allowing the International Committee of Red Cross, Amnesty International and other human rights organizations to visit the Indian jails to observe for themselves the pathetic condition of Kashmiri political prisoners.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar asked India to shun its stubbornness and appealed to two nuclear countries, Pakistan and India, to turn a new leaf in their bilateral relations to sit together along with the people of Kashmir and resolve Kashmir issue peacefully in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Lamenting on the plight of Kashmiri prisoners at the hands of barbaric jail authorities in IOK, APHC chairman demanded early release of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in jails. He hailed the release of Indian and Pakistani prisoners from their respective jails saying that the mutual well wishing in the holy month of Ramadan should be a permanent feature in the bilateral relations of the two countries. »

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