India martyrs 11 youth in March

Friday – April 2, 2021
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), Indian troops, in their unabated acts of State terrorism, martyred 11 Kashmiris during the last month of March.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), as per the data issued by the research section of KMS, on Thursday, of those killed three youth were martyred in a fake encounter.

During the month, 51 youth were critically injured due to use of brute force including firing of pellets and teargas shells by Indian police and paramilitary troops on peaceful demonstrators and mourners in the occupied territory.

During the period, Indian police, troops and national investigation agency (NIA) arrested 110 civilians, mostly political activists, youth and students and several of them were booked under black laws including Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA).

The forces’ personnel also misbehaved and molested a female and destroyed and damaged 12 houses and structures during so-called cordon and search operations (CASOs) in the month.

Separately, the peoples democratic party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has said that the house of senior party leader, Sartaj Madni was raided by Indian troops in Islamabad district.

Immediately after the incident, the PDP president tweeted, “Army from RR Camp Devsar raided the house of PDP’s Sartaj Madni. The place was turned upside down and these personnel also thrashed boys. It’s shameful that they violated all rules and code of conduct with such impunity.”

Earlier, Nawab Madani, the son of the jailed PDP leader Madani, in a media interview, giving details of the raid, said that the army directed the family members to come out at midnight, thrashed local boys in the neighbourhood and forced them to check the house for them.

PDP leader Madni is currently under detention. He was detained along with another senior PDP leader, Naeem Akhtar, on Dec 21, 2020, a day before counting of votes for district development council (DDC) polls.

Meanwhile, Indian authorities have approved allotment of nearly 500 kanals of local land for building of a temple and allied pilgrim infrastructure.

An official handout issued in Srinagar said, the allotment of 496 kanal, 17 marla land was approved by the administrative council (AC) which met in Jammu under the chairmanship of lieutenant governor, Manoj Sinha on Thursday.

As per the handout, the proposed allied infrastructure to be built at the site includes a pilgrim amenities complex, a ‘vedapathshala,’ a meditation centre, office, residential quarters and parking adding that in future, there will also be medical and educational facilities in the premises.