Several pro-freedom marchers injured by Indian forces firing


72nd Day of curfew:

Moosvi arrested, two detained in Rajouri

srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, normal life remained crippled for the 72nd straight day, Sunday as the Indian authorities continued to enforce curfew and other restrictions to curb anti-India and pro-freedom rallies and marches in the territory.
People defied curfew and restrictions in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad and Kulgam areas, came out of their houses and staged anti-India rallies and conducted marches. Many people were injured when forces used brute force on protesters. Dozens of people were injured in Kulgam alone when armed forces attacked a pro-freedom rally in Manzgam area of the district. The joint Hurriyet leadership had called for marches in Bandipora, Ganderbal and Shopian districts, today. Mobile telephone and internet services continued to remain snapped across the Valley.
APHC leader Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi while defying restrictions led Zuhr prayers on road in Badgam, today. He was later put under house arrest when tried to lead a march in the town.Indian forces targeted a mentally challenged man, Showkat Ahmed Misger, with pellets resulting in brain injuries and damage to his both eyes in Safa Kadal area of Srinagar. The High Court Bar Association in a statement vehemently condemned the forces’ action.
Meanwhile, Indian authorities claimed that at least 17 Indian soldiers were killed and 30 others injured in an attack at Army brigade headquarters in Uri area of Baramulla district, today. The authorities said that four attackers were also killed in the encounter.
As curfew continued in Rajouri for the fifth day, Sunday two more youth were detained by the police for holding peaceful protest demonstration on Wednesday.
High Court Bar Association, Jammu, while condemning Rajouri violence, held the administration and police authorities responsible for the situation which is prevailing in Rajouri town whereas Sanathan Dharam Sabha Rajouri demanded strict action against culprits of Rajouri incident.
Curfew was imposed in Rajouri town on Wednesday after some members of Hindu community beat up some Muslims who had slaughtered a camel as a sacrificial animal on Eid-ul-Azha in Palma village of Rajouri district.
The High Court Bar Association, Jammu, extended full support to the minority community and called upon the authorities to protect the minority community. The administration of Rajouri district in particular was impressed upon to take all possible measures to protect the life and property of innocent people from anti-social elements and any laxity on the part of administration shall have the effect of spilling over if the situation to the other parts of state as well.
A meeting of SDS Rajouri was attended by about 500 prominent members of the Sabha. In the meeting, the Rajouri incident was discussed and the minority community expressed their strong resentment over the recent burning of some shops in Rajouri town.
Further during the meeting all the members of Sanathan Sabha unanimously resolved that till the culprits of the incident are brought to book and are arrested, the business community in Rajouri will not open their shops and will go far indefinite strike.—KMS