Shutdown in Baramulla against killing

Srinagar, July 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a sea of people thronged Baramulla town to attend the funeral prayers of a youth, Adnan Ahmad Channa, who was martyred by Indian troops in Sopore town.

Thousands of people chanting pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans received the martyr’s body as it reached from Sopore to Old Baramulla, the hometown of martyr, Adnan Channa. Multiple rounds of funeral were held to accommodate the huge rush of the people. Adnan was killed by the troops during a cordon and search operation in Gund Brath area of Sopore town, yesterday.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in northern Kashmir’s Baramulla town, today, to mourn the killing of the youth. All shops and business establishments were closed while a thin movement of traffic was witnessed on the roads. The occupation authorities closed schools and colleges in Baramulla to prevent students’ protests. However, people, particularly youth took to streets and clashed with forces’ personnel. Over a dozen youth were injured when troops fired pellets and teargas shells on the protesters in the town.

People staged a strong protest demonstration against the crushing to death of a woman and her minor niece by an Indian Army vehicle in Rajouri district. A 35-year-old woman, Kaneez Begum, and her seven-year-old niece, Robia Kousar, were hit and killed by the army vehicle at Lam Nowshera road in the district. A four-year-old paralysed boy was also critically injured in the incident. The protesters blocked the road and demanded an action against the Indian Army driver.

On the other hand, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front in a statement issued in Srinagar said that its leaders and activists continued “Free Yasin Malik” and “Remove ban on JKLF” campaign in various parts of the world. The statement said that the JKLF leader, Professor Raja Zafar Khan, along with a delegation held a meeting with British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. The delegation also met the Chairperson of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir, Ms Debbie Abrahams, and apprised her of the ground situation in occupied Kashmir.

In Brussels, the Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Farooq Haider Khan, met high ranking officials of European Union and discussed with them the Kashmir dispute particularly the human rights violations committed by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. KMS

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