Protesters subjected to brutal force in Shopian, many injured

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99th day of Valley Shutdown
Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, several people were injured after Indian forces subjected peaceful protesters to brute force in Shopian district, Saturday. Eyewitnesses said that the forces’ personnel thrashed the people after barging into their houses at Werpora in Nagbal area of the district at around 4 am today. They said that property worth crores of rupees was vandalized by the forces.
The action triggered massive demonstrations in the area. Indian police and troops fired pellets and bullets on the protesters injuring many of them. One of the injured youth received a bullet injury and was shifted to District Hospital Islamabad for treatment.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown in the Kashmir Valley continued on the 99th consecutive day, today, against the civilian killings and other brutalities of Indian forces. Shutdown was also observed in Kishtwar and Doda districts to protest against holding of rallies by extremist Hindu organization, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, in Jammu region. It was also aimed at expressing solidarity with the people of the Kashmir Valley who had been facing the worst brutalities of Indian forces since the killing of mujahid commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, on 8th July, this year.
The puppet authorities have booked two Hurriyet leaders, Ghulam Mustafa Wani and Abdul Rashid Dar Kolpuri, and two youth under black law, Public Safety Act, for actively participating in anti-India demonstrations in Pulwama and Baramulla areas during the ongoing mass uprising. The family members of Hurriyet leader, Muhammad Shabaan, in Kulgam told mediamen that Indian forces beat them up during a house raid, last night.
Hurriyet leaders including Yasmeen Raja, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed and the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Tehreek-e-Hurriyet and Kashmir Freedom Front in their statements strongly denounced the arrest spree and the reign of terror unleashed by Indian police and troops across the territory. They said that no amount of Indian state terrorism could intimidate the Kashmiris into submission.
The world human rights watchdogs, the Amnesty International India-chapter, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists in a joint statement said that the authorities in occupied Kashmir should end the use of black law, Public Safety Act, to arbitrarily detain people including children. They said, the PSA violates international due process standards and should be repealed.
Complete shutdown is being observed in twin Kishtwar and Doda districts to protest against rallies by extremist Hindu organization, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in Jammu region.
Call for the shutdown has been given by the Majlis Shoura committee that comprises Imams of various mosques and religious bodies. It is also aimed at expressing solidarity with the people of the Kashmir Valley who have been facing the worst brutalities of Indian forces since the killing of mujahid commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, on July 8, this year.
All shops, business establishments and schools are closed while thin attendance has been recorded in government offices in Kishtwar district. Skeletal movement of traffic has been observed on roads. Majority of towns in the district like Chatroo, Drabshala, Padyarna, Dadpath, Bhunjwah, Sarthal and adjoining Thathri and Bhaderwah towns of Doda district witnessed complete shutdown against the RSS activities and in support of the Kashmir Intifada.—KMS