Indian troops martyr six Kashmiris in May

Srinagar, June 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, martyred six Kashmiris including a child during the last month of May.

According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, of those martyred one was killed in custody. The troops also subjected one person to custodial disappearance. During the month, 81 people were critically injured due to the use of force against peaceful demonstrators by Indian police and paramilitary personnel in the occupied territory while 71 civilians, mostly youth, were arrested. The troops molested two women during the period.On the other hand, senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, addressing a public gathering in Badgam, demanded of India to reveal the whereabouts of more than 10,000 Kashmiris, who had been subjected to custodial disappearance by Indian troops and police during the past twenty-four years. Another APHC leader, Zafar Akbar Butt, addressing a meeting of the Association of Kashmiri Affected Families in Budgam appealed to the world community to play an effective role in tracing the disappeared Kashmiris.

Thousands of people raising high-pitched anti-India and pro-liberation slogans participated in the funeral of a youth, Sajjad Ahmed Mir, who was martyred by Indian troops in Vandena area of Shopian yesterday. The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, who is under continued house arrest in Srinagar, addressing the participants over telephone said that the Kashmiri martyrs had rendered sacrifices for a great cause.

Indian police arrested APHC leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, along with several Hurriyet activists from Pampore, today. They were on their way to Littar, Pulwama, the native area of the martyred youth, to express solidarity with his family.

An APHC delegation including Yasmeen Raja, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Musaddiq Aadil visited  Hariparigam  area of Tral and condoled the death of a youth, Saifullah Rafiq Ahangar, who embraced martyrdom during a clash with Indian troops, last week. Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the leaders reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to take the martyrs’ mission its logical conclusion.

In Geneva, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, in his report to the UN Human Rights Council, urged India to revoke draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act, from occupied Kashmir and Northeastern Indian states. During Heyns’ visit to India and occupied Kashmir in March 2012, several human rights defenders and civil society groups had lodged complaints on the extrajudicial killings committed by the Indian forces.

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