Three Kashmiris martyred in Sopore

Srinagar, June 12 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, three persons were martyred by the random firing of Indian forces’ personnel at Aarampora in Sopore town, today. The incident triggered a forceful anti-India protest in the area, mostly participated by women.

The Indian police resorted to firing in a vindictive action after two of their personnel were killed and three others including an assistant-sub-inspector injured in an attack by unknown persons. The protesters raised high-pitched pro-freedom slogans and denounced the killings by Indian police.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference spokesman in a statement said Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory recognized by the United Nations and India has no right to erode its legal or territorial position. He strongly condemned India’s nefarious designs to create territorial wedges, communal disharmony and demographic imbalance in IIOJK. The spokesman urged the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to take serious note of the Indian illegal moves to eliminate the Muslim majority character of a UN-mandated disputed territory. He also expressed solidarity with all those aggrieved families who lost their near and dear ones during the mass uprising triggered by the ruthless killing of a teenage student, Tufail Mattoo, on 11 June in 2010.

Meanwhile, a report released by Kashmir Media Service, today, maintained that the worst Indian atrocities have failed to subdue the freedom sentiment of the Kashmiri people and they are determined to accomplish the mission of their martyrs at all costs. It said Indian troops have martyred over 95,790 innocent Kashmiris, subjected more than 8,000 to custodial disappearance and molested around 11,250 women since January 1989, but all these brutalities failed to intimidate the Kashmiri people into submission. The report pointed out that Chotta Bazaar-like massacres and cold-blooded murder of teenager Tufail Matoo are glaring examples of the worst Indian state terrorism in IIOJK.

The Jammu Kashmir Employees Movement in a statement in Srinagar deplored that Modi-led fascist Indian government wanted to eliminate the identity of Kashmiris but the international community had maintained a criminal silence over the issue.

On the other hand, speakers of a seminar organized by Kashmir Council Europe at the European Press Club in Brussels asked the international community not to allow India to change demographic and territorial situation of disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir. They paid rich tribute to the martyrs of Chota Bazaar, Srinagar, massacre of June 11, 1991.

The President of Kashmir Forum France, Asif Jarral, in a statement issued in Paris appealed to the world human rights organizations to take cognizance of the Indian brutalities on the innocent people of IIOJK.