Clashes leave 5 officials, civilians injured during protest in Poonch

Jammu, September 21 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, at least five persons including a Tehsildar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, his personal security officer and two civilians were injured in clashes during a protest in Poonch district.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the clashes erupted after a group of protesters clashed with police on Mughal road near Surankote, officials said. The protesters were demanding amenities in the locality.

A police party visited the spot to persuade the people to end the protest. The protesters clashed with the police during which DSP Surankote Abdul Khaliq, his PSO and two civilians sustained injuries.

Later, Tehsildar Surankote Sheeraz Ahmad visited the spot to take an on ground assessment. The revenue officer however also came under attack during which he was injured, the officials added.

Meanwhile, the Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement Abdul Majeed Malik, Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Pir Panjal Freedom Movement Qazi Imran, and Convener of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Association Khalid Shabbir in a joint statement issued in Islamabad strongly denounced the use of brute force by Indian police against the protesters.

They said that such incidents had witnessed a sharp increase since the repeal of special status of IIOJK by the Modi government on August 05, 2019. They appealed to the UN to take cognizance of Indian state terrorism in the occupied territory.

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