Several injured in Indian forces’ action in IOK

Srinagar, July 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their unabated acts of state terrorism, martyred 1,427 Kashmiris including scholars and highly qualified youth during the past five years.

According to the data released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, of those killed included 122 teenage boys and 31 women, while 114 people were killed in custody or in fake encounters by Indian troops from January 2014 to June 30, 2019.

It is worth mentioning here that Indian Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy while addressing in Lok Sabha, today, confirmed that more than 960 Kashmiris were killed by the troops in the occupied territory during these five years.

Meanwhile, several people were injured when Indian forces used brute force on protesters in Kulgam district. The troops fired teargas shells and pellets during a protest against the cordon and search operation launched by Indian troops in Khudwani area of Kulgam district. A photojournalist Suhail Dar was also injured while covering the event. The troops also launched cordon and search operations in Kreeri, Baramulla, and Kralgund in Kupwara.

The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, expressed grief over the loss of lives as a result of cloudburst in Neelum valley in Azad Kashmir and damage to property in heavy rains in Sopore and Tral areas of occupied Kashmir. Hurriyat leader, Mushtaq-ul-Islam in a statement urged India to shun state terrorism and adhere to the UN charter to find out the lasting solution to the Kashmir dispute.

Indian police arrested two persons – one 62-year-old Abdul Rashid and another Bashir Ahmad Molvi during house raids in Islamabad and Srinagar districts.

The police recruited more than five dozen new members of the Village Defence Committees, notorious for killing local Muslims at the behest of Indian army and police, in Kishtwar district of Jammu region. The VDCs comprising mostly Hindus were created during Governor’s Rule in 1995 and were provided with weapons to massacre the Muslims in Doda, Kishtwar and other areas of the region.

In New Delhi, the Lower House of Indian Parliament, Lok Sabha, has passed a bill further empowering the National Investigation Agency, notorious for detaining Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders and activists after implicating them in fake cases. The Bill survived with 278 votes in favour and six against it. Congress MP Manish Tewari commenting on the bill said that it had the potential to turn entire India into a police state.

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