Milling protest rallies, demos engulf IOK on 53rd day

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Over 100 injured in police firing

Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, forceful anti-India and pro-freedom rallies and protests were held across the Kashmir Valley on the 53rd consecutive day, today, to denounce the war of death and destruction unleashed by India in the territory.
Call for the protests was given by the joint Hurriyet leadership. Thousands of people today held an anti-India rally in Wantoo area of Shopian district despite the ransacking of the venue by the Indian forces. The participants were carrying banners reading slogans like ‘No development, no jobs, only freedom from India’ and ‘Hum kya chahte, Azadi’. The youth were also carrying Pakistani flags.
Over 100 people were injured when Indian police and paramilitary forces used brute force on participants of rallies in Srinagar, Islamabad, Baramulla, Bandipora and Kulgam districts. Doctors at hospitals said that many of the injured had pellet wounds. Pertinently, the youth took to the streets in great number and staged protests in almost all small and major towns of the territory. Subsequently, the personnel of armed forces barged into houses and ransacked property and beat whosoever came in their way in Batmaloo, Kaloosa, Qazi Gund, Wathoo, Ajas, Sadar Kot, Payeen,Dooru and other areas of the Valley. Meanwhile, the data released by the research section of the Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the International Day of Disappeared Persons, today, said that Indian troops had subjected over 10,000 Kashmiris to custodial disappearance during the past twenty-seven years. The report maintained that thousands of unnamed graves had been discovered in the territory and the human rights activists feared that these graves could be of the disappeared Kashmiris.
The APHC-AJK organized a two-day protest camp at Nawaz Sharif Park in Rawalpindi against the ongoing Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir. Besides Hurriyet leaders, a large number of Kashmiri people and civil society members participated in the camp. An exhibition depicting the brutalities of Indian armed forces on peaceful protesters in the occupied territory was also held on the occasion.
On the other hand, hundreds of Kashmiri-Americans staged protests in Atlanta and Chicago cities of the United States against civilian killings and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. The protesters urged the US legislators to join human rights activists in condemning the Indian state-sponsored violence in Kashmir.—KMS

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