Indian troops kill 7 more civilians, death toll 81

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March to UN office in Sonawari today

Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, seven civilians including a teenage boy were killed and many others injured in firing by Indian armed forces on peaceful protesters in Srinagar, Badgam and Islamabad districts, Tuesday.
According to Kashmir Media Service, five civilians were killed and over a dozen wounded when Indian police and troops opened fire on the protesters at Aripanthan in Beerwah area of Badgam district. A 10th class student, Muhammad Yasir Sheikh, was killed after Indian police directly fired on demonstrators in Batamaloo area of Srinagar. Police and paramilitary personnel ransacked houses and harassed inmates in the area. Another youth was martyred when the forces’ personnel subjected the protesters to brutal force in Larkipora area of Islamabad district. With these killings, the death toll in the ongoing Kashmir Intifada rose to 81 in the past 39 days.
Meanwhile, the puppet authorities continued to impose curfew and other restrictions for the 39th consecutive day, today, across the territory to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the civilian killings. However, people defied curfew and staged anti-India protests. The members of business community also held a protest march in Srinagar against the continued killing spree. Indian police arrested an Imam of a Masjid in north Kashmir’s Handwara area on the charge of delivering an anti-India lecture during his Friday prayers’ sermon.
On the other hand, people from all parts of the territory would take to the streets and conduct a 72-hour march towards the United Nations Military Observer Group at Sonawari in Srinagar, from tomorrow. Call for the march has been given jointly by All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik. The leadership in a statement appealed to the people to make the programme a success.
Hurriyet leaders Altaf Ahmad Shah and Bashir Ahmad Butt in their media interviews in Srinagar asked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
In Bangalore, police registered a sedition case against the Amnesty International over organizing an event on human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. The Amnesty criticized the charges saying that the registration of the sedition case showed a lack of belief in fundamental rights and freedoms in India.
The spokesman for Sri Akal Takht Jathedar, Jagtar Singh Hawara, who is backed by leading Sikh diaspora organizations through a letter urged the new UK government to support a referendum about political future of Indian Punjab.—KMS

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