Five killed, many injured by Indian troops in held Kashmir
Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred five Kashmiris youth and injured dozens in firing on protesters in Kulgam district in occupied Kashmir on Sunday.
The troops killed the youth during a cordon and search operation in Kellam area of the district. The operation was jointly launched by the personnel of Indian army’s 9 Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operation Group of police. The troops also destroyed, at least, two houses during the operation. The martyred youth have been identified as Waseem Bashir Rather, Zahid Parray, Idrees Butt, Aaqib Nazir and Pervez Butt.
The killings sparked protests and clashes as hundreds of people came out of their houses chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans in Kellam area of the district. Dozens of people were injured when troops fired pellets, bullets and teargas shells on the protesters. At least 10 people with pellet injuries were admitted to Kulgam district hospital. The authorities suspended mobile and Internet services. The train service was also suspended in South Kashmir.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown will be observed and a protest rally will be held at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, today, to mark the martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt. Call for the shutdown and the protest rally has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. India had hanged Muhammad Maqbool Butt in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on 11th February in 1984. A memorandum will also be sent to UN Secretary General, seeking the intervention of the World Body for settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
On the call of JRL, special prayers were held in all main masajid of the territory, today, for martyrs Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik while paying glowing tributes to Muhammad Maqbool Butt in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that Maqbool Butt was an ideologue, a statesman, a warrior and a political leader who sacrificed his life for the sacred cause. He also paid tributes to the five Kashmiri youth martyred by the Indian troops in Kulgam.
The authorities continued to put Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Muhammad Yasin Malik under house arrest or in police custody to prevent them from leading anti-India demonstrations on the martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Maqbool Butt today.
On the other hand, speakers at a conference held in connection with the martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru in Manchester urged the UK and other European countries to impress upon India for settlement of the Kashmir dispute. The event was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International.