India martyrs 34 Kashmiris in August

Sunday – September 2, 2018
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred 34 Kashmiris including a woman during the last month of August; two of those martyred were killed in a fake encounter.

According to Kashmir media service (KMS), the killings in August rendered two women widowed and 6 children orphaned. During the month, 483 people were critically injured due to the use of brute force including firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells by the Indian troops, paramilitary and police personnel on peaceful protesters in the occupied territory.

As many as 196 Hurriyet leaders, activists and youth were arrested during house raids and crackdown operations. The troops also destroyed or damaged 140 houses and disgraced five women during cordon and search operations (CASO) in August.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said that the determination of the people of IOK forced the Supreme Court of India, on Friday, to defer the mischievous case challenging the Article 35-A of the Indian constitution.

Article 35-A guarantees special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), Mir Shahid Saleem addressing gatherings in different areas of Jammu region said that India was hatching one conspiracy after another to change the demography of the occupied territory.

On the other hand, Indian police arrested a journalist, Asif Sultan, from his home in Srinagar.

Asif Sultan is an assistant editor with monthly magazine, Kashmir Narrator. He had recently written a cover story on popular youth leader, Burhan Wani, whose martyrdom triggered mass uprising in IOK in 2016.

People got hold of an Indian policeman after he barged into a house and attempted to molest a woman in Qazi Hamam area of Baramulla district, on Friday night. He was later handed over to police.

Two special police officers (SPOs) left their jobs and returned home in Pulwama and Islamabad districts. They apologised the people for serving in the Indian police.

During the past one month, as many as 24 SPOs hailing from different areas of Awantipora have resigned from their jobs.

In Islamabad, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter has strongly condemned the arrest of second son of prominent freedom leader, Syed Salahuddin, in IOK by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA).