Indian troops martyr one more youth

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In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred one Kashmiri youth in South Kashmir’s Islamabad district, today.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the youth was martyred during a cordon and search operation (CASO) launched by the troops at Rishipora in Kapran area of the district, last night. The troops destroyed a residential house in the area by using chemical substance. The body of the youth was charred beyond recognition.

n Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, amid a growing demand from Kashmiri Pandit employees to shift them to Jammu region after a series of targeted killings, the authorities have said that the employees will not be moved out of the Valley but transferred to safer locations.

Officials said the recent escalation in targeted killings would not lead to any change in plans for holding the annual Hindu pilgrimage, the Amarnath Yatra, which is scheduled from June 30-August 11.

The Kashmiri Pandit employees are demanding their transfer to Jammu region after a series of killings, including that of their fellow community members, Rahul Bhat and Rajni Bala, in the Kashmir valley.

Rahul Bhat was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the Chadoora area of Badgam district on May 12, 2022. Since his killing, scores of Kashmiri Pandits have been staging protests threatening mass exodus. Bhat’s killing sparked demonstrations by around 6,000 employees at various places who demanded their relocation outside the Kashmir Valley.

Meanwhile, the Kashmir Pandit Sangarash Samiti (KPSS), an organisation of Kashmiri Pandits, has moved the IIOJK High Court seeking directions to the authorities to shift all the religious minorities to safer locations outside the Valley. —KMS

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