Posters remembering Chotta Bazar martyrs again appear in IIOJK

An Indian paramilitary solider stands guard outside a deserted grand mosque Jamia Masjid, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown on April 24, 2020 in Srinagar, Kashmir. Mosques and shrines have been closed to avoid mass gatherings during the month of Ramadan in the muslim dominated Kashmir region.

In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, posters remembering the sacrifices of martyrs of Chotta Bazar have again appeared in Srinagar and other areas of the territory.

More than 30 people including women and children were martyred when Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) opened indiscriminate fire in Chotta Bazar area of Srinagar on June 11, 1991.

The posters were pasted on walls, polls and pillars by Warseen-e-Shuhada Jammu and Kashmir, Mishal Bardaran-e-Haq Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Political Resistance Movement (JKPRM), Jammu and Kashmir Justice and Peace initiative (JKJPI), Jammu and Kashmir Justice League (JKJL), Kashmir Resistance Movement (KRM) and Kashmir Hurriyat Forum (KHF) in Srinagar and other areas.

In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, a 70-year-old Rohingya woman detained in Hiranagar jail in Jammu passed away at a hospital, authorities said.

The deceased woman has been identified as Noor Aisha who was in jail since early March. A police official said, Aisha was a patient of Asthma.

As of now the body is in hospital in the custody of jail authorities, he said. “I don’t know about the plans of last rites and how the body will be disposed of.”

Aisha was among around 200 Rohingya refugees, including women and children, who were detained by Modi regime in early March from their camps in Jammu. The authorities said that they would be deported to Myanmar.

The action has drawn widespread condemnation from activists and human rights groups. Lawyers moved the Supreme Court of India seeking halt to their deportation.

Earlier in May, a Rohingya woman was injured after collapsing on the bathroom floor. Reports of coronavirus detected in over 50 refugees held inside the jail emerged in recent weeks.—KMS

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