Concern expressed over ongoing arrest spree in IOK

Srinagar, July 28 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt, has expressed serious concern over arrest of youth by Indian troops in the territory.

Zafar Akbar Butt in a statement in Srinagar said, “It is the worst of kind of right violations as the countries at world level are trying their best to provide good education to their young generation but in Kashmir Indian armed forces are keeping youth away from the education by arresting and implicating them in false cases.”

He said that under the garb of black laws Indian troops and police had arrested hundreds of youth among them mostly minors. “Innocent youth are being arrested during night raids and arrest spare has lashed a reign of terror,” he added. He also appealed the residents of Badgam to maintain religious brotherhood.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar, Ashiq Bukhari, talking to reporters in Srinagar said that police would continue action against the youth. According to the police officer, the police had arrested 10-15 percent of the youth who had participated in recent demonstrations against the desecration of Quran and killing of protesters in Gool area of Ramban.

“There are more arrests to come,” he said. Massive protests erupted across the occupied territory after the Gool incident that took place on July 18. Police have arrested scores of youth from across the territory.

On the other hand, the APHC-AJK chapter leader, Abdul Hameed Lone, talking to a group of journalists after an iftar dinner hosted in honour of Hurriyet leaders, civil society activists and media men in Islamabad said that the rise in Indian repression of Kashmiri youth was alarming. “After desecration of Holy Quran in Gool area of Ramban followed by mass killings, Indian occupation forces continue the arrest of Kashmiri youth to force them to give up their struggle but it will remain a dream for India,” he added.

He called upon the world human rights organizations to take cognizance of the situation and use their good offices to save the Kashmiri people from Indian brutalities.

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