World needs to investigate charred bodies in IIOJK

Tuesday – December 1, 2020
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) Indian forces continue to kill Kashmiris and destroy their properties by using “chemical weapons” despite the fact that the world observed the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare, on Monday.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), an analytical report released by KMS, Monday, said, although chemical weapons have been banned but India is using them against Kashmiris in IIOJK in complete violation of the chemical weapon convention that prohibits the use of chemical and biological weapons even in war.

The report said that there have been a number of deaths due to use of chemical weapons by Indian troops in IIOJK.

The bodies are burnt to such an extent that they are beyond recognition and this kind of burning could only be possible when some chemicals are used to destroy houses.

The recovery of charred bodies of three Kashmiri youth, Jehangir Khanday, Kifayat Ahmad and Faisal Ahmad under the debris of four houses, destroyed by the Indian army at Bahmnoo in Pulwama on July 4, 2017, suggested usage of chemical weapons.

The bodies were so extensively burnt that they were beyond visual recognition. Earlier, in a similar action the same year, the Indian troops killed three youth and demolished a house at Kakapora in Pampore.

In December 2016, the first incident in which Indian army used banned chemical weapons on people was seen in forest areas of Islamabad district in south Kashmir where a 22 year-old-boy Majid Zargar was killed and then chemical was put on his entire body.

He could not be recognised as his entire body was burnt and nobody was able to say that this is really a body of some human being as it was collected from different sites that too in very small pieces.

The report suggests that Indian army is emulating Israeli tactics by using white phosphorus bombs to destroy houses of Kashmiris. The same tactics were used by Israel during its attacks on Gaza and it seems that these weapons have been provided by Israel to India for use in IIOJK.

Particularly after August 5, 2019, Indian occupational troops as a policy take control of the bodies of the Kashmiri youth, killed by detonating their houses with chemical weapons during cordon and search operations (CASOs), and bury them in the army-run graveyards to hide their crimes from the world.

The charred bodies of the youth and their secret burial even without letting their parents to attend their funeral prayers are testimony to the fact that Indian is blatantly using chemical weapons in IIOJK.

India must be punished for violating international laws especially when the whole world is destroying or deactivating their chemical weapons, New Delhi is stockpiling them endangering peace in the region.

Subjugated and traumatised Kashmiris who are seeking their right to self-determination for decades are a test for global conscience.

Separately, Indian police arrested a youth in Kupwara district on Monday.

The youth was arrested by Indian police in Dragmulla area of the district.

The police also seized Rs. 350,000 cash from the youth, a senior police officer said.

On the other hand, an ailing sub-inspector of Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) died under mysterious conditions in Damhal Hanjipora area of Kulgam district on Monday.

The DH Pora block medical officer (BMO) Shugufta Salam said the CRPF soldier was declared brought dead on arrival. “The cause of death will be known after post mortem is done,” she said.

A 45-year-old woman and a three-year-old boy were killed while three others sustained injuries in road accidents in Baramulla and Islamabad areas.