Kumhar laid to rest, protests rock IOK

Friday – May 4, 2018
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of a student, Umar Kumhar, in Shopian district, on Thursday, Kumhar, a 9th class student, was killed and more than 30 people were injured when the Indian troops fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells on protesters during a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Turkawangam area of the district, on Wednesday.

According to Kashmir media service (KMS), the troops also damaged two houses and at least four cowsheds in the area. Thousands of people poured onto the streets as the body of the martyred student was taken for burial.

They raised high-pitched ‘pro-freedom’ and ‘anti-India’ slogans. Multiple funerals were held for Umar to accommodate the huge rush of people. Eyewitnesses said that the martyr was laid to rest with his “school uniform” shirt over his body.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir liberation front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, visited sri maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital in Srinagar and enquired about the health of the youth injured in the firing of pellets and bullets by the Indian troops in different areas.

Talking to the victims, the JKLF chairman said that the so-called rulers were pursuing a policy to kill and maim the Kashmiri youth and snatch their eyesight by pellets which had remained the most dreadful weapon of the callous rulers.

Malik said that illegally detained party leader, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, who was arrested on April 6, has been shifted to Srinagar central jail. “He was presented before a court which sent him on a three-day judicial remand and ordered to shift him to the Srinagar central jail. Kalwal has been bailed out in many cases but police by slapping new fake cases on him are trying to prolong his illegal detention which is highly condemnable,” he added.

Separately, a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir salvation movement (JKSM) also visited SMHS hospital and expressed solidarity with the injured youth and their families.

Complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad and Kulgam districts, on Thursday, to mourn the killing of Kumhar and other youth martyred by the troops. The Indian troops fired teargas shells in Khudwani area of Kulgam after youth pelted stones on the vehicles of the forces’ personnel.

Clashes erupted between protesters and the Indian forces in Malangpora area of Pulwama district. Indian police arrested noted religious scholar, Qazi Ahmed Yasir, in Islamabad town to prevent him from visiting Turkawangam area to express solidarity with the family of the martyred student.

A report released by KMS on the occasion of the world press freedom day, on Thursday, maintained that IOK is one of the most dangerous places of the world where people associated with the press and media are performing their professional duties in the most difficult circumstances and situation.

The KMS report pointed out that at least 10 journalists have been confirmed killed as they performed their duties during the Kashmiris’ ongoing liberation struggle. They also included Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Mushtaq Ali, Ghulam Muhammad Lone, Ghulam Rasool Azad, Muhammad Shaban Wakeel, Pervez Muhammad Sultan, Mushtaq Ahmed and a ‘woman’ scribe, Aasiya Jeelani.

The chairman of all parties hurriyat conference (APHC), Syed Ali Gilani, has said that many Kashmiri political prisoners were still languishing in jails given the fact that they had completed their incarceration period.

He was talking to noted Indian civil society member and chairman of centre for peace and progress (CPP), O P Shaw, who called on him at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar. The chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim conference (JKMC), Shabbir Ahmed Dar, and human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, in their meeting with O P Shaw said that the Kashmiris were offering huge sacrifices for a noble cause and no amount of Indian state terrorism could intimidate them to submission.

Delegations of different pro-freedom organisations including salvation movement (JKSM), voice of victims (VoV), Kashmiri affected families and pellet victims association (KFPVA) met tehreek-e-hurriyat (TeH) chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, and discussed the prevailing situation in IOK.

The leaders of Jammu and Kashmir democratic freedom party (JKDFP) including Muhammad Abdullah Tari addressing a press conference in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health of the illegally detained party chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, in New Delhi’s Tihar jail.