Fire engulfs 7 barracks of 10th SSB battalion in IIOJK

Friday – February 19, 2021
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), at least 7 barracks of Indian paramilitary force, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) were gutted in a massive fire in Srinagar overnight.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS) on Thursday, officials said that the fire broke out in the camp of 10th SSB battalion at Batamaloo in Srinagar at around 0300 hours from one barrack that later spread in the vicinity.

At least 7 barracks were damaged, however, no loss of life was reported in the incident, they said.

Reports are also pouring in that the some arms and ammunition were damaged but there was no official confirmation yet.

Meanwhile in India, West Bengal minister Jakir Hussain was seriously injured after unidentified attackers hurled a bomb at him in Murshidabad district.

The assailants hurled bombs at the minister at a railway station in Murshidabad district on Wednesday night, police said.

The police said that at least two other persons accompanying Hussain, the minister of state for labour, were also injured in the bombing.

A per the police, the bomb was thrown on Hussain when he was waiting at a platform of the Nimtita railway station to board a Kolkata-bound train at around 10:00 pm.

The minister and the two other injured persons were first taken to Jangipur sub-divisional hospital and then shifted to a hospital in Kolkata.

Hussain reportedly sustained injuries on the left side of his body, mainly on his limbs.

Separately, in IIOJK, complete strike was observed, Thursday, to register protest against the visit of a selected European parliamentary group completely controlled by Indian prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government to mislead the international community about the ground situation of the occupied territory.

Call for the strike was given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and supported by all pro-freedom leaders and organisations.

All shops and other business establishments were closed while traffic was off the roads.

In major crackdown operations against Hurriyat leaders and activists, Indian police seized at least 72 movable and immovable properties, including a house belonging to Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DM) chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi’s mother-in-law and a vehicle of her associate, Fehmeeda Sofi.

However, despite tight security and restrictions, black flags were hoisted and posters displayed in Srinagar and other areas against the guided tour of foreign diplomats.

The posters displayed by the APHC, Jammu and Kashmir Students Youth Forum (JKSYF) read slogans like “Pakistan Zindabad,” “Kashmir Banega Pakistan,” “Pakistan Sey Rishta Kia – La Ilaha Illallah” and “You are welcomed to a bleeding Kashmir”.

Hurriyat leaders and organisations including Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat forum, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Bilal Ahmed Sidiqui, Mir Shahid Saleem, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Aquib Wani, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML), Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami (TWI), Pairwaan-e-Wilayat (PW) and Jammu and Kashmir Young Mens League (JKYML) in their separate statements termed the visit an attempt by Modi regime to hush up its wrongdoings in the occupied territory.

The Mirwaiz forum urged the diplomats to facilitate a dialogue process among Pakistan, India and people of Jammu and Kashmir to find out peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute.

Agha Moosvi said that in the wake of immense sufferings, the visit is tantamount to sweeping the real issue under the carpet.

The leaders said that by observing shutdown the oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir gave a loud and clear message to the world that Kashmiris chose a civilised way to tell the guests that the visit is uncalled for.

Several district development council (DDC) members, who were scheduled to meet the visiting diplomats at Magam in Badgam, Thursday, were put under detention and were not allowed to move outside. However, some selected DDC members allowed to meet them in the area.