Two Indian army captains among 6 killed in IOK

Srinagar, February 21, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, five Indian Army personnel including two Captains were killed and around a dozen army men were injured during an encounter in Pampore area of Pulwama district. A civilian was also martyred in firing by Indian troops. The gunfight started last night when a convoy of Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force was attacked. A government building complex of the Entrepreneurship Development Institute in the area has been set ablaze and the authorities have said that three attackers are present inside the building.

Meanwhile, people while defying police restrictions came out to the streets and staged massive protests in Pampore and adjoining areas against the army operation. Several people were injured when police and paramilitary personnel fired tear gas shells on the protesters.

The Chief Patron of Kashmir Concern, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl, Kashmir Council EU Chairman, Ali Raza Syed, Peoples Freedom League and human rights defender group Voice of Victims in their separate statements strongly condemned crackdowns on the Kashmiri students in New Delhi and arrest of Kashmiri Professor Syed Abdur Rehman Gilani on sedition charges.

London’s leading universities, King’s College and the School of Oriental and African Studies organized Kashmir Awareness Week to express solidarity with the people of the territory. The two institutions had planned a series of symposiums and talks over the past week in an attempt to trigger debate and present all shades of the Kashmir dispute.

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