Indian soldiery martyrs four youth in IIOJK

Friday – November 20, 2020
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), Indian troops in their fresh act of State terrorism martyred four Kashmiri youth in Jammu district, on Thursday.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the youth were killed when the troops opened fire on a vehicle in which they were travelling at ban toll plaza near Nagrota on Jammu-Srinagar highway in the district.

The youth were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar in a truck when they were fired upon and killed by the troops in a fake encounter at ban toll plaza in Jammu early Thursday, an eyewitness said. More details are awaited.

Meanwhile, an Indian army officer was injured in a grenade blast in Balakote area of Poonch district.

Separately, violent cordon and search operations (CASOs), launched by Indian troops at Karimabad in Pulwama district, triggered forceful anti-India protests in the area, Thursday.

The youth came out of their houses and raised ‘Go India Go Back’ and ‘We Want Freedom’ slogans. Anti-India and pro-freedom slogans were also raised from loudspeakers of the mosques of the area.

The troops used brute force and fired teargas shells on the protesters, which prompted them to throw stones on the troops.

Search operations were also conducted in Astanpora and Rahmoo areas.

Meanwhile, the authorities have transferred over 3,100 acres (25,000 kanals) of state land to department of industries and commerce for creation of a land bank to ensure rapid industrial expansion.

An official spokesman said that out of the total land transferred, 17,000 kanals is in Jammu division, whereas 8,000 kanals is in Kashmir division.

He said the land has been identified by the revenue authorities in consultation with the industries and commerce department and shall be put to use for development of industrial estates over the next few years.

The industrial policy 2016 envisaged creation of land bank of 20,000 kanals over a period of 10 years across IIOJK.

The spokesman said that prior to 2018, the industries and commerce department had established 49 industrial estates across IIOJK with a total area of 31,448 kanals. The new land bank of approximately 25,000 kanals shall add to these existing industrial estates, he added.

Political analysts and experts are of the view that this move is part of Indian prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government’s plan to change the demography of IIOJK.

They say this land will be transferred to the Indian industrialists for establishing industrial units.

They say that the Indian citizens then will be brought to IIOJK in the shape of workforce and settled in the occupied territory on permanent basis, thus effecting a change in the demographic composition.