Bloodshed resumes in the IOK

Tuesday – April 3, 2018
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), normal life came to a standstill, on Monday, due to a complete shutdown against the massacre carried out by the Indian troops in Shopian and Islamabad districts, on Sunday; traders held a protest in Srinagar, over a dozen were injured when the troops used force and fired bullets and pellets on protesters in Shopian, on Monday.

According to Kashmir media service (KMS), call for the strike was given by the joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

The troops killed 17 youth including 13 in siege and search operations and four in firing on protesters and ‘funerals’ in the two districts. Over 200 civilians were injured, many of them critically, in the firing.

Pellet guns were used on protesters, many of whose eyes got damaged. The Indian troops did not allow even the ambulances to take the injured to hospitals. They damaged many houses while using “chemical substance”. The strike also affected life in far-flung areas of Ramban district in Jammu region.

All educational institutions, markets, banks and petrol pumps remained closed while traffic was off the road in the length and breadth of the occupied territory. At many places, the troops barricaded the roads with concertina wires and containers to prevent people from coming on roads.

Internet and train services remained suspended on the second straight day, on Monday.

Undeclared curfew and unprecedented restrictions were imposed all across the occupied territory particularly in Shopian, Kulgam, Islamabad, Pulwama and Srinagar districts.

However, people defied curfew in many areas and came out to offer funeral prayers in absentia for the martyrs.

Students of Kashmir university (KU) staged massive protests in the university campus and offered funeral prayers in absentia for the martyrs.

The occupation authorities put hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai under house arrest. Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested.

The killings in Islamabad and Shopian evoked widespread condemnation by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, mufti Nasirul Islam, dukhtaran-e-millat (DeM), jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), democratic freedom party (DFP), Jammu and Kashmir salvation movement (JKSM), national front (NF), democratic political movement (DPM), Kashmir high court bar association, south Asia centre for peace and human rights United Kingdom (UK) and Kashmir council European union (EU).

Meanwhile, the Indian troops resorted to indiscriminate firing inside the “Shopian hospital” building after doctors on duty objected to troops’ intervention in the treatment of Sunday’s injured people.

The troops fired several rounds at the casualty block and the blood bank inside the hospital. The doctors and paramedical staff took to streets and protested against the incident.