1,400 civilians arrested in Occupied Kashmir

Srinagar, July 29 2010: Continuing with the crackdown to suppress the peaceful protests over the killing of civilians, Indian forces have, so far, arrested around 1,400 youth including teenagers from across the Valley. Residents of Srinagar said that the Indian forces have arrested nearly 500 youth including teenagers from various areas of the city, who were either moving on streets or riding bikes. Some of them were released after their parents paid hefty amounts to the cops through activists of some pro-India political parties.

While talking to the media, one of the local said, “Police are acting in such a way as if our children are criminals. They detained the younger brother of a boy in lock-up for days to force him to surrender. This is not policing but sheer harassment,”

“The police have been conducting raids even during night, which forced youth to migrate to other localities. The Indians and their puppet regime in Occupied Kashmir seems to be bent upon spoiling the career of our wards by implicating them in false cases.” they said.

Many teenagers have been booked in past months. To avoid public wrath and criticism from other fronts, the Indian authorities, in detention orders, wrongly mention the young boys as adults. Shafqat, a Kashmiri, said that over 1400-1500 persons had been arrested across the Valley since June 11 when protests broke out against the killing of Tufail Matoo by teargas shell.

The programme coordinator of J&K Coalition of Civil Society, Khurram Pervez said, “The authority is using military might on the people fighting against human rights violations hoping that it will force them to forget and forgive.”

On the other side, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), a constituent of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, has said that the ongoing mass movement in the territory has sent a clear message to the world that Kashmiris will never accept illegal Indian occupation at any cost.

APHC leader and JKPM Chairman, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, addressing a meeting of the party workers at Rajouri, said that the freedom struggle in the occupied territory had entered into a decisive phase. He said that the Kashmiri youth was playing an overwhelming role in the liberation struggle. “The youth have rejected every package being offered by India at the cost of their freedom struggle,” Mir added.

The Indian Minister of state, in New Dehli, Mullappally Ramchandran disclosed in Indian Parliament that four voluntary and social organisations of the Occupied Kashmir are banned to receive any foreign aid in order to provide financial assistance to the oppressed Kashmiris. These four social organisations include Muslim Conference, Falah-e-Aam Trust and Public Relief Trust of Yousaf Al Umar.

While the Indian government is using state terrorism as a tool to crush Anti-India protests throughout Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. The people in Occupied Kashmir seem committed to win the freedom from Indian occupation at any cost. Dozens of people were injured in violent police actions by Indian forces against peaceful anti-India demonstrators at various places of the territory. Despite restrictions, hundreds of people took to streets in Srinagar, Baramulla, Pattan, Sangrama, Bandipore, Islamabad, Shopian and Kulgam areas and staged demonstrations against India and human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.

Fired with teargas shells and resorted to baton charge, dozens of Kashmiri protestors were injured. The local Kashmiris said that Indian forces went berserk and damaged motorbikes. Meanwhile, Indian forces arrested Sajjad Ahmad from Kralpora in Srinagar, Mohammad Yasin Butt, Rafiq Ahmad Butt, Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh, Mohammad Rafiq, Imtiyaz Ahmad Malla and Aijaz Ahmad Pala from Zainapora in Shopian and 39 persons from Sopore and Sangarama areas.

Hundreds of people took to the streets and staged massive pro-freedom demonstrations in Bandipore, Pampore and Handwara areas, today. Protesters mostly traders staged a sit-in at the main Bandipore, Hajin, Naidkhai and Sumbal areas and urged the people to support ongoing ‘Quit Kashmir movement’.

On the other hand, a large number of youth assembled in Samboora near Pampore and held a sit-in demonstration and blocked the main Srinagar-Pulwama highway. Later, Indian troops fired bullets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters. Hundreds of other Kashmiris staged an anti-India demonstration in Handwara against atrocities of Indian troops.

The APHC leader Syed Ali Gilani, has appealed the people of Kashmir to offer Juma prayers at Haji Masjid Sharief, Maisuma, and stage peaceful protests after prayers. In a statement issued by APHC in Srinagar, APHC condemned the seizure of relief trucks by Indian forces, which were coming from south Kashmir to Srinagar. He asked the people to further strengthen the local relief committees to support deserving people.

He condemned the illegal detention of Kashmiri Hurriyet leaders and activists including Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Mian Abdul Qayoom, advocate G.N Shaheen and others and demanded their immediate release.

The Junior Doctors Association of Medical College, Srinagar, and its associated hospitals in Srinagar have also condemned the authorities act of registering cases against several doctors for joining peaceful protest on July 24 against gross human rights violations being committed by Indian paramilitary troopers in the territory. The spokesperson of the Association urged the puppet regime to revoke the false cases, adding, “The protest should have served as a model for peaceful protests in a civilised and democratic society but the authorities action against the medicos is regrettable.”

The Jamaat-e-Islami of occupied Kashmir has condemned the illegal arrests of innocent Kashmiri people particularly youth during crackdowns and nocturnal raids by Indian police. The spokesman of Jamaat-e-Islami said that people of Kashmir were peacefully struggling for their right to self-determination. “Any attempt to crush the peaceful movement will meet failure,” he added.

He said, “India has, so far, applied all pressure tactics to give permanency to its illegal rule in the occupied territory but it will not succeed.” The spokesman said that the puppet authorities were implicating the innocent youth into false cases. The JI spokesman urged India to read the writing on the wall and give the people of Kashmir their inalienable right.

The APHC leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has said that the people will continue peaceful protests till the complete withdrawal of Indian troops from the occupied territories. Mirwaiz, who is under illegal house arrest, urged India to revoke all the draconian laws from the occupied territory including Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and release all the illegally detained pro-liberation leaders and activists.

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