Indian commandos, gunships join Kupwara operation

Srinagar, November 18, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops backed by commandos and gunship helicopters launched violent military operations to suppress the Kashmiris’ freedom sentiments in the territory. The gunship helicopters and commandos were called in after an Indian army Colonel Santosh Mahadik was killed and four troops were injured in clash with Mujahideen at Manigah area of Kupwara yesterday. The Indian forces extended the operation to Kalaroos, Hyhama and Trumnard areas of the district. Military operations are also going in Bandipore, Rafiabad and Pulwama areas.

The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in their statements issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the terrifying military operations, nocturnal raids and arrest of innocent youth in the occupied territory, particularly in Bandipora and Kupwara districts. They said that the mushrooming army camps in towns and villages was the main reason behind rights violations in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the authorities placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest at his residence in Srinagar, today, while the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani continues to remain under house detention at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar. Other Hurriyet leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Hilal Ahmad War and Noor Muhammad Kalwal have been detained in different jails of the territory.

The arrests were made to prevent a meeting of all pro-freedom organizations, which was called by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to work out a joint strategy against anti-Kashmiri conspiracies unleashed by Modi-led communalist government of India in the territory. On the other hand, speakers at the joint meeting in Srinagar, today, called for unity among pro-freedom camp and said that Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was implementing Hindutva agenda in the occupied territory. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed the meeting over phone from his residence.

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