70th day of curfew: death toll rises to 103
srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, hundreds of people were injured, today, when Indian troops used brute force to prevent people from staging demonstrations and conducting marches towards local grand mosques against civilian killings in the Kashmir Valley.
Call for holding of the demonstrations and marches was given by united resistance leadership comprising the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The Hurriyet leaders had appealed to the people to hold freedom congregations and pay homage to the martyrs and reaffirm the pledge to take the martyrs’ mission to its logical conclusion.
The puppet authorities continued to impose strict curfew and other restrictions across the Kashmir Valley on the 70th consecutive day, today. People could not offer Juma prayers at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and other major mosques of the territory due to restrictions.
Defying curfew and other restrictions, thousands of people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Kupwara, Islamabad, Baramulla, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and other areas and shouted pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. They also waved Pakistani flags. Indian troops and police personnel fired pellets, bullets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters at various places injuring hundreds of people.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the ongoing Kashmir Intifada rose to 103 with the succumbing of a youth, Basit Mukhtar, to his injuries at a hospital in Srinagar, today. The youth was injured after Indian police fired pellets on protesters in Pulwama on September 5. Thousands of people participated in his funeral prayers.
The residents of Banihal and its adjoining areas in Jammu region observed shutdown, today, against civilian killings by Indian forces in the Kashmir Valley..—KMS