ISLAMABAD: Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, martyred thirty three (33) Kashmiris including four (4) young boys during the last month of June.
According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, Sunday; of those martyred, three (3) youth were killed in a fake encounter in Kupwara.
The killings rendered three (3) women widowed and four (4) children orphaned.
During the period, two hundred thirty six (236) people were injured due to the use of brute force including firing of bullets, pellets, PAVA and teargas shells by the Indian army, paramilitary and police personnel on peaceful protesters while one hundred seventy six (176) persons including Hurriyet activists and students were arrested during house raids and crackdown operations.
The troops also damaged twenty two (22) residential houses during the month.
Meanwhile, from 1989 to May 31, 2018 Indian troops have martyred 95, 017 people in held Kashmir. Out of which 7108 persons killed in custody, 144,016 civilian were arrested, 108,800 structures arsoned/destroyed, 22, 875 women widowed, 107, 713 children orphaned, and 11,077 women gang-raped/molested.
During the month of May a total of 32 Kashmiris have been killed, while 3 were killed during custody, 314 people were injured critically and 288 civilians were arrested.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Faroaoq has said that the killing spree cannot break the Kashmiris’ resolve and would continue their struggle till complete success.
The forum in a statement issued in Srinagar denounced the fresh wave of killing spree coupled with the detention and house confinement of Hurriyat leaders and booking leaders under various cases by Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Enforcement Directorate (ED).
It said, “The NIA has no moral justification for framing fake charges against senior resistance leader, Aasiya Andrabi and her close associate, Fehmeeda Sofi as they are already languishing in prison since long and that these steps are nothing but a mere frustration of New Delhi that has failed to break the resolve of people of Kashmir.”
The Hurriyat forum said arresting resistance leaders and lodging them in jails to muzzle the movement for right to self-determination was tried in the past but failed to yield results for Delhi and now same old methods are being employed which are destined to fail.
The forum lauded the patience and courage of resistance leaders lodged in Delhi’s notorious Tihar jail that include Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Merajudin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shahid Yousuf, Muhamamd Aslam Wani, Farooq Ahmed Dar and Zahoor Ahmed Watali while others who are lodged in various other prisons that include Masrat Alam Butt, Muzaffar Dar, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Muhamamd Shafi Shariati, Ghulam Qadir Butt, Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Tariq Ahmed Dar, Manzoor Ahmed, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Ghani Dar, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Shakeel Ahmed Itoo, Mir Hafizulah, Ameer Hamzah Shah, Abdul Rashid Mugloo, Sirajudin and Farooq Ahmed Towheedi”.—NNI