India martyrs a youth in Rajouri

Friday – June 5, 2020
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), Indian troops in their continued act of State terrorism martyred a Kashmiri youth in Rajouri district, on Thursday.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the youth was killed by the troops during a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Kalakote area of the district, on Thursday.

The operation was going on till last reports came in.

Meanwhile, pro-Kashmir freedom banners were hoisted and “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were raised during a student protest demonstration in Bangalore, India, while the students also demanded the release of their arrested companions.

Students, maintaining social distance, gathered in Moriah circle to protest against the citizenship amendment act (CAA) and the national register of citizens (NRC).

The students told the media that the protest was part of a countrywide call for the release of political prisoners like Safora Zargar, arrested in April and is lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail.

Meanwhile, the protesters chanted slogans of “Long live Pakistan” and demanded freedom of Kashmir.

Shalom and another student, Surjit, who joined the protest, said that freedom of Kashmir meant a movement to liberate Kashmiris from all forms of oppression.

They are being persecuted in various ways.

Indian police charged batons at the protesters, injuring several participants.

Police also misbehaved with a girl chanting “Pakistan Zindabad” slogan.

During a protest rally in Bangalore in February this year, a girl named Amolia Leona also chanted “Pakistan Zindabad” and was arrested by police and charged with sedition.

Separately, in IOK, one more person tested positive of coronavirus (COVID-19) two days after his death, taking the total number of the fatalities due to the infectious disease in the territory to 35.

An 86-year-old man from Pattan area of North IOK’s Baramulla district tested positive for COVID-19, five days after his death.

The octogenarian, a resident of Hamray Pattan Baramulla, died on May 29 and his sample was taken at the local community health centre (CHC) in the area.

The authorities had allowed the burial of the man as per COVID-19 protocol after his family agreed to it.

His sample report tested positive at chest diseases (CD) hospital diagnostic laboratory on Tuesday.

With this fatality, the death toll due to the virus in IOK rose to 35 – 30 in the IOK Valley, four in Jammu region and one in Ladakh division.

The total number of COVID-19 patients at present in IOK till Wednesday was 2,947 out of which 2,185 are in the Valley, 672 in Jammu division and 90 in Ladakh region.