In occupied Kashmir, over one hundred civilians including women and children were injured, many of them critically, when Indian forces used brute force on peaceful protesters in Srinagar, Islamabad, Shopian, Baramulla and other districts, today.
The troops fired pellets, bullets and teargas shells during their crackdown operations in Soura, Anchar, Bijbehara, Chatragam, Pattan and other areas of the Valley. They barged into houses and ruthlessly beat up everyone who came in their way. The troops did not even allow ambulances to shift the injured to hospitals. They vandalized houses and orchards. The excesses forced people to take to the streets and stage anti-India and pro-freedom protests. They raised slogans like “Go India Go Back” and “We Want Freedom.”
Meanwhile, the authorities did not allow resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to meet at Hyderpora in Srinagar, today. The leaders were scheduled to discuss the future strategy of the ongoing uprising. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq talking to media men said that he was not allowed to move out of his house, while Muhammad Yasin Malik was stopped outside the residence of Syed Ali Gilani.
The Chairperson of Kashmir Tehreek–e-Khawateen Zamruda Habib led a protest at Gure Pora in Awantipora area of Pulwama against the excessive use of pellet guns and burning of educational institutions by Indian agencies.
The official data says that over 500 people, including a 7th class student Tajamul Rasool Mir, have been booked under black law, Public Safety Act, during the ongoing mass uprising in the territory.
On the other hand, a motley group of prominent Indian journalists, writers, rights activists and lawyers in a statement jointly signed by 168 people called upon the Indian government to grant an unfettered access to the UN Human Rights Commission to investigate rights violations in occupied Kashmir. The group also asked for an end to repression in the occupied territory. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Harsh Mander and Vrinda Grover were among those who signed the statement.
In Oslo, Kashmiri Scandinavian Council organized a demonstration outside the Norwegian Parliament to protest against Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir and to express solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiri people. The demonstration was led by Lars Rise, former member of the Parliament. Lars Rise, in close coordination with the Kashmiri Scandinavian Council, established the first Kashmir group in the Parliament and initiated several debates on Kashmir in the house.