Indian army injures several young in Pulwama

Monday - February 5, 2018
SRINAGAR (Indian Occupied Kashmir): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), clashes erupted in Murran area of Pulwama district early Sunday morning against the launch of a cordon-and-search-operation by Indian troops.

According to Kashmir media service (KMS), a joint party of Indian army and police cordoned off Bonpora area of Murran and started house to house searches.

However, youth took to streets and staged protests. Forces fired bullets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters.

Many youths sustained injuries while four were detained by the police.

Meanwhile, shutdown was observed in district Shopian on the “11th consecutive day,” on Sunday, against the recent killing of innocent civilians by the Indian troops.

All shops, business establishments, government and private offices are closed in the district while transport is off the roads.

Shutdown is being observed in the district since January 25 against the brutal deliberate killing of 7 people including a 10-years-old boy by Indian troops.

On the other hand, high-speed mobile internet service remained suspended in Pulwama and Shopian districts.

Authorities had snapped internet service on January 24 following the killing of three youth including a teenage boy in Chaigund village of Shopian district. Due to the suspension of high-speed internet, people, particularly students and professionals, continue to suffer.

Meanwhile, various social organisations and groups belonging to different areas of Jammu protested against the rape and murder of an 8-years-old girl, Aasifa in Kathua district.

The protestors staged demonstrations near Jammu press club. Speaking on the occasion advocate Ashok Kumar Basotra said, “We all should come forward to emphasise a fair and transparent trial in the case.”

Another activist, Ruchika said that the victim was not only a bakkarwal girl but a daughter of Jammu and Kashmir. “Police have arrested a juvenile in this case which raise various questions on the investigation. How can a juvenile alone keep an 8 years-old-girl in captivity for 7 days? There are others who are involved in this case. They must be punished. Civil society should come forward to fight for justice to the victim’s family,” she said.

Advocate Jameel Kazmi said, “Inaction on the part of investigating agencies in the case shows political apathy of system towards common people”.

The organisations which participated in the protest included social movement, saksham samaj sankalp, ambedkar yuva sangathan, bheem ideological group, jan jagriti manch and jai bheem group. Various people and students from different educational institutions also participated in the protest.