Dozens injured in troops’ action in Pulwama

Srinagar, December 07, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, dozens of people were injured when Indian troops used brute force on protesters in Muran area of Pulwama district, today.

Clashes erupted between protesters and Indian forces when people came out of their houses to protest against crackdown in Muran village ahead of a scheduled pro-freedom rally. The police and troops arrested scores of people during raids on their houses. They also raided the venue of the rally, which led to pitched battles between youth and forces’ personnel deployed in strength in the area. Indian police fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters, injuring several of them. The police also arrested four youth from Ajas area of Bandipora to prevent a pro-freedom rally.

Meanwhile, Indian forces’ personnel launched a massive siege and search operation in Anzawala area of Islamabad district. They started house-to-house search in the village.

The Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement in Srinagar said that the sacrifices of the Kashmiri people had succeeded in drawing attention of the international community and world major powers towards the urgency involved in the settlement of the Kashmir dispute. He welcomed the recent statement of the US vice President-elect Mike Pence hinting at Donald Trump’s willingness to play the role of a mediator on the Kashmir dispute.

APHC leaders, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Hakeem Abdul Rasheed, today, visited the family members of martyred Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani, in Tral and expressed solidarity with them. Delegations of Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement also visited families of martyrs and detainees in different parts of the occupied territory.

The puppet authorities have shifted the illegally detained Tehreek-e-Hurriyet leader, Mir Hafeezullah, to some undisclosed location in Jammu after booking him under black law, Public Safety Act. The Tehreek-e-Hurriyet in a statement expressed apprehensions about the safety of Mir Hafeezullah.

On the other hand, a New York-based health rights group, Physicians for Human Rights, in its report, said that Indian forces in occupied Kashmir were using excessive and indiscriminate force against protesters with weapons like pellet guns misleadingly represented as “less than lethal”. The PHR researchers found that the use of pellets had in fact caused serious injuries and deaths.

The group pointed out that Indian forces blocked medical care for injured protesters by firing upon ambulances, holding up of emergency vehicles and preying on hospital patients in occupied Kashmir this year. It said that the police and paramilitary personnel besides using excessive force also delayed wounded people seeking medical attention, increasing the likelihood of permanent injuries and deaths. The group urged the Indian government to demonstrate its respect for the human rights.

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