Youth’s killing triggers forceful demos in IOK

Srinagar, January 14, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, several people including women were critically injured when personnel of Indian army and police resorted to brute force on a protest march against the killing of a youth by Indian troops in custody. The family of the martyred youth, Owais Bashir Malik, said that he was abducted by the troops and was subjected to brute torture in custody before his throat was slit with some sharp-edged weapon. The youth’s body with torture marks was found in Peerbagh area of Srinagar, today.

The gruesome murder triggered forceful anti-India demonstrations in Peerbagh, Humhama and other areas of Srinagar. Hurriyet leaders Javaid Ahmed Mir, Engineer Hilal Ahmed War and activists of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party also participated in the protests. The protesters chanted high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans on the occasion. Indian forces’ personnel resorted to excessive teargas shelling and lathi-charge on the demonstrators, injuring many people. The cavalcade of former puppet Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, also came under attack during the demonstrations.

Meanwhile, shutdown continued for the 15th consecutive day in Pulwama, today, against the authorities’ denial to erection of a martyrs’ memorial in the town. Hurriyet leaders, Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi, Raja Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal and Ayaz Akbar visited the town and expressed solidarity with the residents. Senior Hurriyet leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, and the spokesman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference in their separate statements in Srinagar said that the locals’ demand for construction of the memorial was just as Kashmiri people had every right to remember their martyrs.

The occupation authorities continued to place Hurriyet leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Nayeem Ahmad Khan under house arrest in Srinagar. On the other hand, the High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir in a report released after a visit by its five-member team to New Delhi’s Tihar Jail said that the Kashmiri prisoners lodged in the prison were deprived of all basic facilities. The report said that the Kashmiri detainees were also being discriminated against in the jail.

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