Srinagar, April 23 (KMS): As many as 18 Kashmiri labourers were severely injured when they were beaten to pulp by the goons of Bharatiya Janata Party in Nara Kaltum district of Himachal Pradesh in India.

The relatives of the injured labourers told media men in Srinagar that a gang of BJP workers carrying iron rods and bamboo sticks on Wednesday night attacked the Kashmiri labourers leaving two of them seriously injured. »

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New York, April 23 (KMS): The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged the Indian authorities to drop police investigation against Kashmiri journalists including, Gowhar Geelani

The CPJ, a New York-based watchdog body, in a statement reiterated its call to stop harassment of Kashmiri journalists and allow them to perform their duties freely. »

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Jammu, April 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Movement (JKFM), Muhammad Sharif Sartaj has said that the harassment of Kashmiri photojournalist, Masarrat Zahra and other journalists including Peerzada Ashiq and Gowhar Geelani betrays the frustration of the Indian authorities.

Muhammad Sharif Sartaj in a statement issued in Jammu said that preventing the world from getting an accurate picture of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir through writing and photography is not a new phenomenon in the territory. »

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JKPFL condemns harassment of journalist

Srinagar, April 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Youth Social Forum (JKYSF) has paid glowing tributes to the youth martyred by Indian troops in Shopian.

Te JKYSF Chairman, Umar Aadil Dar in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the Indian intransigence on the Kashmir dispute had pushed the Kashmiri youth to the wall. He said that India could not suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing liberation movement by killing innocent youth.

He also appealed to the international human rights organisations including Amnesty International, International Committee of the Red Cross and Asia Watch to take notice of the plight of illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists lodged in various jails of India and the territory and put pressure on New Delhi to release them. »

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Srinagar, April 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, in order to prevent large funeral processions, Indian authorities under a new brutal policy are denying the bodies of the martyred youth to their families for proper burial as per the Islamic rituals and norms.

The authorities while pursuing the new wicked policy took the possession of the bodies of four youth who were martyred by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in Melhora-Zainapora area of Shopian district, yesterday. Indian Army took the bodies of the martyred youth to Gantbal area of Ganderbal district and buried them without funeral and other religious rites. »

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Srinagar, April 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Jammu Kashmir Employees Movement Chairman, Muhammad Shafi Lone has said that India is hell-bent to suppress the Kashmiris’ freedom movement through military might but will never succeed.

Muhammad Shafi Lone in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Kashmir was a political dispute and needed political settlement. »

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New Delhi, April 23 (KMS): The Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC) expressing shock over booking of three Kashmiri journalists, Masarat Zahra, Peerzada Ashiq and Gowhar Geelani, under serious charges by Indian police has said that the action was aimed at striking fear in the hearts of media persons in the territory.

The IWPC in a statement in New Delhi said that it was shocked at the manner in which law enforcement authorities in occupied Kashmir, over the last few days, had invoked laws to clamp down on freedom of speech and expression that violate fundamental rights laid down in the constitution.

It said, the intention of the authorities in occupied Kashmir is to strike fear in the hearts of journalists who are simply doing their job. This is a clear message that the authorities will not tolerate dissent, it added. »

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Jammu, April 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, various Sikh bodies have strongly condemned the booking of noted Kashmiri journalists, Gowhar Geelani, Peerzada Ashiq and Masarrat Zahra, under serious charges for their writings and posts on social media.

The Sikh bodies including Sikh Intellectuals Circle Jammu and Kashmir, International Sikh Federation, Sikh Students Federation and Sikh Youths of Jammu and Kashmir expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri journalists who are bravely reporting the human rights violations by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, April 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, netizens mourned the death of a young humanitarian worker from Dehradun, capital of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, who played a key role in rescuing students of the valley facing backlash in Indian states after Pulwama incident, last year.

Inderjeet Singh, 25, a team member of Khalsa Aid, a UK-based humanitarian relief group, died in a mishap on Bathinda-Amritsar Highway, on Monday after distributing masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits among doctors and policemen.

His friend and another team member, Darshdeep told media that Inderjeet had played a crucial role in rescuing hundreds of Kashmiri students studying in Indian states who faced hostility and backlash after the 2019 Pulwama incident in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Inderjeet then had accompanied multiple batches of Kashmiri students in Dehradun to Chandigarh from where they were sent to Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, April 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, noted journalist and political commentator, Gowhar Geelani, who has been booked by Indian police for his posts on social media, has said that journalism and words will survive and not the censorship.

Gowhar Geelani in a statement issued in Srinagar said journalists and writers are storytellers and they tell people’s stories and explain the events in a proper context and historicity with an analytical sweep.

“As a journalist, it is my job to write, to tell stories, and to analyse and interpret different situations and events on the ground. I have been telling all kinds of stories from Srinagar to Berlin, from New Delhi to London. A journalist can’t make all sides happy. Someone always finds something unpalatable. But that’s a journalist’s professional predicament,” he said. »

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