Brute force used to prevent anti-India rallies in IOK

Srinagar, October 19, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, normal life remained crippled due to heavy deployment of Indian forces on 103rd consecutive day, today, to prevent anti-India protest marches in all district headquarters of the Kashmir Valley.

Dozens of people were injured when Indian forces resorted to brute force on thousands of protesters who defying restrictions took out rallies in Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Budgam, Ganderbal, Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Islamabad districts. The participants raised high pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Clashes erupted after forces fired teargas shells on the protesters in many areas. Some shells fired by Indian forces landed inside houses, which troubled elderly and children alike. The forces also ransacked houses and damaged household goods. They beat whosoever came in their way.

Indian police during crackdown operations arrested over 120 youth including eleven of a family from different parts of the Valley. The police re-arrested Dukhtaran-e-Millat leader, Fahmeeda Sofi, in Srinagar immediately after her release on bail.

Meanwhile, Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force ruthlessly beat up a journalist, Irfan Parray, in Srinagar, today. On the other hand, fire mysteriously engulfed the shrine of Lalbab Sahab and an adjoining mosque in Arampora village in Sopore.

Senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, called on Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, in New Delhi and apprised him of the prevailing situation in the occupied territory.

Ravi Nair of South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre in a statement sought urgent intervention by the UN for immediate release of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik. He said that JKLF Chief should be shifted to a medical facility in view of his deteriorating health.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has demanded a United Nations fact-finding mission’s visit to the Kashmir Valley to probe human rights violations perpetrated by Indian forces in the territory. The OIC Executive Committee of Parliamentary Union through a declaration issued in Ankara maintained that Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination. National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq while addressing the meeting said that the Indian forces were attacking unarmed Kashmiris with pellet guns.

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