484 Kashmiris martyred by Indian troops since Aug 5, 2019

Srinagar, December 08 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, unrelenting military siege imposed by Hindutva regime of fascist Indian government since August 05, 2019, has made the life a hell for the residents of the territory.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, revealed that Indian troops martyred 484 Kashmiris including top APHC leader Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and a dozen women during the period. It said that most of the victims were killed by the troops during cordon and search operations in fake encounters and custody in the length and breadth of the territory.

The report rejected the Indian Home Ministry claims in the Rajya Sabha that 366 militants were killed, and 96 civilians and 81 Indian forces’ personnel lost their lives in Kashmir since August 5, 2019 (repeal of special status of IIOJK) and November 30, 2021. It said youth are picked up from their homes and then eliminated after falsely labeled as mujahideen or over-ground workers of mujahid organizations. The report revealed that the killings by the troops rendered 31 women widowed and 80 children orphaned.

The report maintained that over 2,000 people were critically injured due to the use of brute force, bullets, pellets and teargas shells by Indian troops and police personnel on peaceful demonstrators in the territory.

“The troops damaged over 1047 houses and structures and molested or disgraced 118 women while over 17,000 persons including youth, human rights activists, journalists, aged woman and girls were arrested by Indian troops, police and National Investigation Agency under different black laws during house raids and over 10,500 cordon and search operations across the occupied territory in the period,” it said.

The report said that the daily life of the Kashmiris has been made miserable since New Delhi illegally abrogated special status of IIOJK on August 05, 2019. The move, it added, was aimed at snatching away the identity of the Kashmiris through changing the Muslim-majority status into a minority.

The report pointed out that as the entire occupied territory has been turned into an open-air prison, over four thousand people including Hurriyat leaders, political and human rights activists, religious heads, journalists, businessmen, lawyers, civil society members, youth, students and activists were arrested after or before 5th August 2019 and they still remain lodged in Tihar and other jails of India and Kashmir. “Prominent among them are APHC Chairman Masarrat Aalam Butt, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Aasiya Andrabi, Naheeda Nasreen, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Peer Saifullah, Merajuddin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Muhammad Rafiq Ganai, Feroz Ahmed Khan, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Zahoor Watali, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Yousuf, Engineer Rasheed, Hayat Ahmed Butt, Khurrum Parviaz and Aasif Sultan,” it added.

The report said that senior Hurriyat leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, died during house arrest while Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, continued to remain under house detention in Srinagar.

The report pointed out that Narendra Modi-led fascist regime is engaged in changing the Muslim majority status of the occupied territory. For this purpose, it has granted domicile certificates to thousands of Indians, it added. The report said that Indian plans to change IIOJK demography was aimed at affecting the results in New Delhi’s favour if a plebiscite was held in Jammu and Kashmir at any point of time in future. It said the Kashmiris are committed to resist the Indian plans to change demographic composition of the territory.

The report deplored that press freedom is under a constant threat in IIOJK where journalists are not being allowed to report the ground situation and truth of Kashmir and are being harassed and detained under black laws.

The report pointed out that fascist Modi cannot silence the Kashmiris cry for freedom through the ongoing military siege as they are determined to keep fighting for freedom from Indian yoke.

The report said that the international community must force India to end its military siege in IIOJK to mitigate the sufferings of the oppressed Kashmiris.

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