Impartial probe into massacres by troops in IIOJK demanded

Srinagar, October 22 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations have demanded an impartial investigation into all the massacres carried out by Indian troops in the territory to punish the perpetrators.

The demand has been made on the completion of 28 years to the Bijbehara massacre. Over 50 innocent Kashmiris were killed in Bijbehara on this day in 1993 when the troops of Indian Border Security Force opened fire on peaceful demonstrators who were protesting against the Indian military siege of Srinagar’s Hazratbal Shrine.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar paid rich tributes to the Bijbehara martyrs and reaffirmed the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue the mission of their martyrs till it reached its logical conclusion. He said the Kashmir freedom movement has witnessed dozens of such gruesome incidents of killing leaving behind imprints of bravery on the blood soaked earth to fight Indian forcible and illegal occupation even with more vigor and enthusiasm.

Other Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Molvi Bashir Ahmad, Abdul Ahad Parra, Yasmeen Raja, Zamruda Habib, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Aaqib Wani, Democratic Freedom Party, Jammu and Kashmir National Front, Jammu and Kashmir Political Resistance Movement, Jammu and Kashmir Social Justice League and Jammu and Kashmir Insaf Party in their statements said innocent human lives will continue to be lost in the territory until the Indian troops involved in mass killings were punished. The APHC-AJK at a prayer session held at its office in Islamabad paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of the Bijbehara tragedy.

Meanwhile, the occupation authorities once again disallowed people from offering Juma prayers at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, today. A resolution passed by Jammu and Kashmir Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema during the Juma prayers in different mosques, shrines and imambargahs across IIOJK expressed deep concern and anguish over the continued closure of Jamia Masjid Srinagar. It also demanded release of the MMU chief, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who has been under house arrest since 5 August 2019.

India’s notorious National Investigation Agency sleuths along with Indian troops and personnel of other agencies raided several houses in Srinagar, Islamabad, Pulwama and Shopian districts and harassed the inmates. They also seized mobile phones, laptops and files of the residents during searches.

The occupation authorities have shut down the Internet service in different areas of the territory and seized hundreds of vehicles during a crackdown ahead of Indian Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the Valley this weekend. Many bike riders have said that their two-wheelers were seized by the police without even checking the documents and they were asked to collect their vehicles after October 26.

On the other hand, human rights groups, which monitor atrocities against Christians in India, have documented the violence by Hindutva groups from all Indian states and released a fact-finding report titled ‘Christians under attack in India’. The report released by the Association of Protection Civil Rights, United Christian Forum and United against Hate at a press conference in Delhi highlights that over 300 such instances have been reported from across 21 states, particularly North India, in the first nine months of this year.