Students stage street protests against killings in IOK

Thursday – May 10, 2018
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), students of the university of Kashmir (UoK), Islamic university of science and technology (IUST) and central university of Kashmir (CUoK), on Wednesday, hit the streets against the “killing of a varsity professor” and other youth by the Indian troops in south IOK on Sunday.

According to Kashmir media service (KMS), Muhammad Rafi Butt along with 9 other youth were martyred by the Indian troops during a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Badigam area of in Shopian.

The students assembled in the respective campuses of the universities in Srinagar, Awantipora and Ganderbal and raised ‘pro-freedom’, ‘pro-Pakistan’ and ‘anti-India’ slogans. Scores of students of CUoK assembled in the campus and offered prayers in absentia for the professor and other martyrs.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown continued in Shopian and Pulwama districts against the killings. Shopian witnessed the strike for the 13th consecutive day, on Wednesday.

All educational institutions were closed while traffic was off the road. Shutdown was also observed in Bhaderwah and other areas of Jammu region against the Indian barbarism in the occupied valley.

Hundreds of traders, civil society members, fruit growers, industrialists and bar members took out a rally in Sopore to mourn the killings.

Muslim conference (MC) chairman Shabbir Ahmad Dar speaking to the mourners at the residence of Butt in Chandan area of Ganderbal said that the sacrifice of our professor had added another golden chapter to the freedom movement of Kashmir.

Other hurriyat leaders including Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Hakeem Abdul Rasheed, Javaid Ahmad Mir, and delegations of Jammu and Kashmir liberation front (JKLF) and Muslim league (ML) also visited the martyr’s residence in Ganderbal. Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Nisar Ahmed Rathar visited the residences of martyrs in Islamabad and Shopian districts.

All parties hurriyat conference (APHC) chairman Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar cautioned people of Jammu and Kashmir against the “divide-and-rule policy” of pro-India politicians. He appealed to world to raise its voice against the embattled people of occupied Kashmir.

On the call of the joint resistance leadership (JRL), people on Wednesday unfurled “black flags” on their homes, shops, vehicles to mark protest against killing spree in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, weary of ongoing massive popular resistance in occupied Kashmir, the Narendra Modi-led Indian government has approved the deployment of especially trained in killing, national security guards (NSG), in the occupied territory.

An Indian home ministry official told media that black cat (BC) commandos of NSG will use state-of-the-art weapons including health hazard through-the-wall radars, sniper rifles and corner shot assault weapons during house-to-house search operations in the IOK.