May 16, 2010

आतंकी जो थे ही नहीं

Posted in Human Rights, Minorities at 7:50 am by zarb

image दिलावर खान, मौलाना, इमदाद-उल-उलूम मदरसा

आतंकवाद रोकने के लिए गठित दिल्ली पुलिस की स्पेशल सेल ने चार लोगों को मार्च, 2005 में एक मुठभेड़ के बाद दक्षिण-पश्चिम दिल्ली से गिरफ्तार किया. पुलिस ने दावा किया कि उसने देहरादून स्थित भारतीय सैन्य अकादमी पर एक बड़े आतंकी हमले को टाल दिया है. लेकिन चार साल बाद चारों को अदालत ने निर्दोष मान कर बरी कर दिया.

दिल्ली पुलिस की स्पेशल सेल का गठन 1986 में आतंकवाद निरोधी बल के तौर पर हुआ था. 90 के दशक के उत्तरार्ध में कई आतंकियों को मार गिराने और तमाम मामलों को सुलझने के दावों के चलते इसका नाम सुर्खियों में आना शुरू हुआ. लेकिन जल्दी ही इसके कुछ अधिकारियों पर अवैध धन उगाही और फर्जी एनकाउंटर करने के आरोप लगने लगे. वरिष्ठ अधिवक्ता प्रशांत भूषण कहते हैं, ‘दुर्भाग्यवश जब भी अदालतों ने स्पेशल सेल के अधिकारियों को झूठे सबूतों के आधार पर निर्दोष लोगों को फंसाने का दोषी पाया तो उसने इन अधिकारियों के खिलाफ कोई कार्रवाई नहीं की. अगर इन्हें कठोर दंड नहीं मिलेगा तो आगे भी पुलिसवाले निर्दोष लोगों को फर्जी आतंकवादी बनाते रहेंगे.’ आंकड़े इसकी पुष्टि करते लगते हैं. पिछले चार महीनों के दौरान दिल्ली की निचली अदालतों ने स्पेशल सेल द्वारा गिरफ्तार किए गए नौ कथित आतंकवादियों को बरी कर दिया है. इनमें से चार आतंकवादियों को स्पेशल सेल ने मार्च, 2005 में एक मुठभेड़ के बाद दक्षिण-पश्चिम दिल्ली से गिरफ्तार किया था. पुलिस का दावा था कि उन्होंने देहरादून स्थित भारतीय सैन्य अकादमी पर होने वाले एक बड़े आतंकी हमले को टाला था. चार साल बाद ये चारों लोग बरी हो गए. इन्हीं चार लोगों की कहानी बयान कर रहे हैं बृजेश पांडे

‘भरोसा ही नहीं हुआ कि आतंकी का ठप्पा हट गया’

दिलावर खान, मौलाना, इमदाद-उल-उलूम मदरसा और मसूद अहमद, बागवाली मस्जिद के इमाम

किसी पुलिसवाले को अपनी तरफ आता देखकर ही मौलाना दिलावर खान और इमाम मसूद अहमद की रूह में कंपकपी दौड़ जाती है. दिल्ली में इमदाद उल उलूम मदरसे में मौलाना दिलावर और पास ही स्थित बागवाली मस्जिद के इमाम मसूद को मार्च, 2005 में स्थानीय पुलिस स्टेशन से बुलावा आया था. वहां उन्हें लोधी कॉलोनी स्थित दिल्ली पुलिस की स्पेशल सेल में एक रुटीन पूछताछ के लिए जाने को कहा गया. इसके बाद लोगों को वे पांच साल बाद ही दिखाई दिए.

दिलावर और मसूद को लश्कर-ए-तैयबा का आतंकवादी करार देते हुए उनपर देहरादून स्थित भारतीय सैन्य अकादमी पर हमले की साजिश रचने का आरोप लगाया गया. इसके बाद दोनों को पांच साल तक जेल में सड़ना पड़ा. पिछले महीने पटियाला हाउस कोर्ट ने दोनों को सबूतों के अभाव में बरी कर दिया. अदालत ने स्पेशल सेल की यह कहते हुए खिंचाई भी की कि उसकी जांच में तमाम झोल हैं और उसने अपने अधिकारों का दुरुपयोग किया.

दिलावर और मसूद की गिरफ्तारी महज एक व्यक्ति के बयान के आधार पर हुई थी. हामिद हुसैन नाम का वह व्यक्ति कथित रूप से लश्कर का सदस्य था जिसने दावा किया था कि विस्फोटकों की एक खेप दिलावर के पास पड़ी हुई है. हामिद ने मसूद और दिलावर की पहचान की और पुलिस ने दावा किया कि उसने उनके पास से एक ग्रेनेड, एक चीनी पिस्तौल और 24 गोलियां बरामद कीं.

दिलावर स्पेशल सेल द्वारा की गई पूछताछ को याद करते हुए कहते हैं, ‘मैं इतना हैरान था कि मुझे कुछ समझ में ही नहीं आ रहा था..वे मुझसे सिर्फ यही पूछते कि क्या मैं हामिद को जानता हूं. मैंने कहा नहीं तो वे मुझे टॉर्चर करते हुए फिर वही सवाल करने लगे. मैं इनकार करता रहा. उन्होंने कहा कि वे मुझे ऐसा सबक सिखाएंगे जो मैं कभी भूल नहीं सकूंगा. उन्होंने मुझे एक सादे पेपर पर दस्तखत करने के लिए मजबूर किया.’  मसूद की कहानी भी ऐसी ही है. वे बताते हैं, ‘पहले मुझसे हामिद की पहचान करने के लिए कहा गया और फिर उन्होंने साजिश का खुलासा करने को कहा. मुझे समझ में ही नहीं आया कि क्या जवाब दूं.’

स्थितियां बदतर होती गईं. ‘कैमरे के सामने जानवरों की तरह हमारी परेड कराई गई. स्पेशल सेल के अधिकारी आपस में धक्का-मुक्की कर रहे थे ताकि ‘आतंकवादियों’ के साथ प्रमुखता से उनकी भी फोटो छपे. उन्होंने मुझसे भी फोटो खिंचवाने के लिए कहा,’ दिलावर बताते हैं. ‘ऊपरवाले में मेरे यकीन का इम्तहान हो रहा था. मैंने ऐसा क्या किया जो मेरे साथ यह हुआ?’

गिरफ्तारी के बाद नजदीकी रिश्तेदारों और दोस्तों ने उनसे किनारा कर लिया. अकेले पड़ गए दिलावर और मसूद धैर्यपूर्वक अपने मामले की सुनवाई का इंतजार करने लगे. फैसला आने में लंबा वक्त लग गया. लेकिन इस साल 8 जनवरी को आए फैसले ने उन्हें सभी आरोपों से बरी कर दिया. स्पेशल सेल का मामला अदालत में धराशायी हो गया. एडिशनल सेशन जज धर्मेश शर्मा ने कहा, ‘अभियोग पक्ष ने जो सबूत पेश किए हैं उनपर विश्वास नहीं होता.’ उन्होंने आगे यह भी जोड़ा कि इसका कोई सबूत नहीं है कि पुलिस ने दिलावर को उसके घर से गिरफ्तार किया था. मामले की खामियां उजागर करते हुए उन्होंने कहा कि वेलकम स्थित दिलावर और मसूद के घरों पर छापे मारने वाली स्पेशल सेल के अधिकारी रमेश लांबा ने दिलावर खान के घर से हथियारों की बरामदगी के बारे में एक शब्द भी नहीं कहा था. जस्टिस शर्मा ने इंस्पेक्टर रण सिंह के बयान पर हैरानी जाहिर की जिसके मुताबिक दिलावर को गिरफ्तार करने के बाद पुलिस अपने दफ्तर लौट गई थी और उसके आधे घंटे बाद लगभग उसी जगह मसूद को गिरफ्तार करने पहुंच गई थी. जज के शब्द थे, ‘यह उन बयानों से मेल नहीं खाता जो स्पेशल सेल के अधिकारियों ने दिए हैं. इसपर यकीन करना मुश्किल है कि पुलिस पार्टी दोनों को गिरफ्तार करने के लिए एक ही इलाके में दो बार गई और एक में उन्होंने रण सिंह को शामिल किया और दूसरे में नहीं.’ पुलिस की भूमिका पर उंगली उठाते हुए जज ने आगे लिखा, ‘इस बात में भी शक है कि हामिद हुसैन से किसी तरह की पहचान करवाई गई होगी. पुलिस की रोजाना डायरी में कहीं भी उसके नाम का जिक्र नहीं था.’

मौलाना और इमाम के लिए जिंदगी का चक्का पूरा एक चक्कर घूम चुका है. उनके लिए रिहाई एक नई जिंदगी की तरह है. दिलावर कहते हैं, ‘जेल से बाहर आकर मुझे लगा जसे मैं किसी अजनबी दुनिया में आ गया हूं. काफी देर तक तो भरोसा ही नहीं हुआ कि मुझपर लगा आतंकवादी का ठप्पा हट गया है.’ मसूद सिर्फ मुस्करा कर ईश्वर को धन्यवाद देते हैं.

हालांकि उनकी खुशी जल्दी ही काफूर हो गई थी. अगले ही दिन पुलिस उनके घर आई और उनसे कहा कि वे स्थानीय पुलिस स्टेशन में पेश हों. दिलावर कहते हैं, ‘मैं आपको बता नहीं सकता कि मैं कितना डर गया था. एक ही पल में पिछले पांच सालों की त्रासदी मेरे आगे घूम गई.’ दिलावर के वकील ने उन्हें बेवजह परेशान किए जाने के खिलाफ कोर्ट में याचिका दायर की है. वे उदास स्वर में कहते हैं, ‘क्लीन चिट मिल जाने के बावजूद मुझे फिर से गिरफ्तार होने का डर लगा रहता है. लगता है यह डर अब मेरी मौत के साथ ही जाएगा.’

‘कानून के गलत इस्तेमाल से बरबाद हुआ कैरियर’ हारून राशिद, मैकेनिकल इंजीनियर

 हारून राशिद को क्या पता था कि बेहतर रोजगार के लिए सिंगापुर जाना उन्हें इतना भारी पड़ जाएगा. बिहार के इस मैकेनिकल इंजीनियर ने दिसंबर, 2004 में हिंदुस्तान एयरोनॉटिक्स लिमिटेड की अपनी नौकरी छोड़कर सिंगापुर की एक कंपनी ज्वॉइन की थी. 16 मई, 2005 को जब हारून भारत लौटे तो इंदिरा गांधी अंतरराष्ट्रीय हवाई अड्डे पर उन्हें स्पेशल सेल ने गिरफ्तार कर लिया. उनपर देहरादून स्थित भारतीय सैन्य अकादमी पर आत्मघाती हमले की साजिश के लिए पैसे की व्यवस्था करने का आरोप लगा.

स्पेशल सेल का दावा था कि हारून ने 10 और 15 जनवरी को सिंगापुर से वेस्टर्न यूनियन मनी ट्रांसफर के जरिए 49,000 रुपए अपने भाई मोहम्मद यूनिस को भेजे थे जिसने इस रकम को शम्स के हवाले कर दिया. शम्स वही शख्स था जो मार्च, 2005 में दिल्ली के उत्तम नगर में पुलिस के साथ हुई मुठभेड़ में मारा गया था. कथित तौर पर हारून ने स्वीकार किया था कि उसने यह पैसा अपने पाकिस्तानी आका अब्दुल अजीज से हासिल किया था. पुलिस का यह भी दावा था कि उसने हारून से 76 पन्ने की ई-मेलें हासिल की हैं जो फारूक के फर्जी नाम से लिखी गई हैं. इन मेलों में उसने दूसरे आतंकियों को कूट भाषा में आगामी हमलों का निर्देश दिया था. हारून की गिरफ्तारी को पुलिस ने बहुत बड़ी सफलता बताया था.

लेकिन जब मामला सुनवाई के लिए कोर्ट में पहुंचा तो एक अलग ही तस्वीर सामने आई जिसका सार यह था कि आतंकवाद से निपटने के लिए बनाई गई स्पेशल सेल ने अपने विशेष अधिकारों का गलत इस्तेमाल किया. हारून के वकील एमएस खान बताते हैं, ‘वह बहुत गरीब परिवार से है, इसलिए सिंगापुर जाने के लिए उसने अपने चाचा से एक लाख रुपए उधार लिए थे. वहां पहुंचने पर उसे लगा कि उसे इतने पैसों की जरूरत नहीं है लिहाजा उसने 49 हजार रुपए अपने भाई को वापस भेज दिए ताकि कुछ उधारी चुकाई जा सके. उसे क्या पता था कि वापस भेजी गई इसी रकम के लिए उसे लश्कर का फाइनेंसर करार दे दिया जाएगा?’

हालांकि कोर्ट में मामला औंधे मुंह गिर पड़ा. यूनिस ने मृत आतंकी शम्स को किसी तरह का पैसा देने से इनकार किया. पुलिस हारून के लश्कर से संबंधों के पक्ष में कोई पुख्ता सबूत पेश नहीं कर पाई. जिन ई-मेलों को हासिल करने का दावा किया गया था वे भी जांच-पड़ताल में गलत साबित हुईं. एसएम खान कहते हैं, ‘इंसपेक्टर कैलाश ने कोर्ट में कहा कि उन्होंने 18 मई, 2005 को उस ई-मेल का पासवर्ड पता लगा लिया था जिसका इस्तेमाल हारून अपने पाकिस्तानी आकाओं से संपर्क करने के लिए करता था और उसी दिन उन्होंने इसका प्रिंट भी निकलवाया था. लेकिन स्पेशल सेल के ही इंस्पेक्टर बद्रीश दत्त ने माना कि 13 मई, 2005 को (कैलाश की कथित सफलता के पांच दिन पहले) हारून ने खुद ही अपने ई-मेल पते का पासवर्ड बता दिया था. बद्रीश ने यह भी माना था कि उस पूछताछ के दौरान कैलाश भी वहां मौजूद थे. इससे साफ पता चलता है कि पुलिस ने इन पांच दिनों के दौरान ई-मेल के रिकॉर्डों से छेड़छाड़ की.’ अदालत ने पुलिस अधिकारी कैलाश की चुप्पी और अदालत में बोले गए झूठ पर नाराजगी जताई. 76 पन्नों का ई-मेल प्रिंट न तो कोर्ट में पेश किया गया और न ही चार्जशीट के साथ लगाया गया. पुलिस डायरी में भी इसका कोई जिक्र नहीं था. हारून को अदालत ने तो बरी कर दिया है मगर उनके वकील के मुताबिक वे अब भी डरते हैं कि कहीं उन्हें फिर से न उठा लिया जाए.

‘मेरी जवानी कौन लौटाएगा सर?’  इफ्तिखार मलिक, पूर्व बायोटेक्नोलॉजी छात्र

देहरादून स्थित भारतीय सैन्य अकादमी पर आत्मघाती हमले की साजिश रचने और लश्कर-ए-तैयबा का आतंकवादी होने के आरोप में पांच साल जेल में बिता चुके मोहम्मद इफ्तिखार अहसान मलिक के लिए हालात अब बेहतर दिख रहे हैं. 26 वर्षीय इफ्तिखार देहरादून स्थित डॉल्फिन इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ बायोमेडिकल एंड नेचुरल साइंस में बायोटेक्नोलॉजी द्वितीय वर्ष के छात्र थे. 7 मार्च, 2005 को दिल्ली पुलिस की स्पेशल सेल ने उन्हें देहरादून से गिरफ्तार कर लिया. प्रेस कॉन्फ्रेंस में पुलिस ने दावा किया कि उसे मलिक के पास से एक डायरी मिली थी जिसमें कुरान की भड़काऊ आयतें लिखी हुई थीं. पुलिस का यह भी कहना था कि इफ्तिखार के पास एक पर्ची  भी मिली थी जिसमें गुजरात दंगों का बदला लेने की बात थी और उनसे आईएमए की एक परेड का पास भी बरामद हुआ. पुलिस के मुताबिक इफ्तिखार पाकिस्तानी आतंकवादी शम्स के संपर्क में थे जिसने उन्हें बिहार में सिमी की बैठकों में शामिल होने के लिए प्रोत्साहित किया था. यह भी कहा गया कि शम्स की डायरी में इफ्तिखार को ‘शाहिद’ नाम दिया गया था और लश्कर उसकी पढ़ाई का खर्च उठाता था.

इफ्तिखार खुद के निर्दोष होने की दलीलें देते रहे पर कोई फायदा नहीं हुआ. मामला एडिशनल सेशन जज धर्मेश शर्मा के पास पहुंचा जिन्होंने स्पेशल सेल की जांच में तमाम खामियों को उजागर करते हुए इफ्तिखार को सभी आरोपों से बरी कर दिया. जस्टिस शर्मा ने इसपर बेहद हैरानी जताई कि स्पेशल सेल के इंस्पेक्टर रमेश शर्मा ने कोर्ट को बताया कि इंस्पेक्टर कैलाश सिंघल बिष्ट (जिन्होंने जब्त सामानों की सूची तैयार की थी) देहरादून गए थे और उन्होंने ही इफ्तिखार से आईएमए का पास जब्त किया था. जबकि क्रॉस एक्जामिनेशन में बिष्ट ने कहा कि वे देहरादून गए ही नहीं थे. यह पूछने पर कि फिर उन्हें पास कहां से मिला और उसे जब्त सामान की सूची में क्यों शामिल किया गया तो उनके पास कोई जवाब नहीं था. इफ्तिखार ने अदालत को बताया कि गुजरात का बदला लेने वाली पर्ची उनसे जबर्दस्ती लिखवाई गई थी. उन्होंने यह माना कि कुरान की आयतें उन्होंने ही लिखी थीं मगर साथ ही यह भी कहा कि वे भड़काऊ नहीं थीं. जस्टिस शर्मा ने इसपर भी हैरानी जाहिर की कि गिरफ्तारी और जब्त सामान की सूची बनाते वक्त पुलिस ने इफ्तिखार के मकान मालिक राम गुल्यानी से संपर्क तक नहीं किया और न ही किसी और को गवाह बनाया.  क्रॉस एक्जामिनेशन करने पर पता चला कि पुलिस अधिकारी संजय दत्त और बद्रीश दत्त- जिन्होंने कथित तौर पर इफ्तिखार का सामान जब्त किया था- कभी भी देहरादून नहीं गए. इफ्तिखार द्वारा लिखी गई कथित पर्ची पर स्पेशल सेल के अधिकारियों के बयान तो और भी विरोधाभासी थे. एक अधिकारी ने बताया कि पर्ची हिंदी में थी जबकि दूसरे का कहना था कि यह अंग्रेजी में थी.

कोर्ट ने कहा कि इफ्तिखार के लश्कर से संबंध होने का कोई स्वतंत्र प्रमाण नहीं है और न ही इसका प्रमाण है कि वह मार्च, 2005 में उत्तम नगर में मारे गए किसी आतंकवादी को जानता था. दूसरे आरोपितों के बयानों में एक बार भी कहीं इफ्तिखार का जिक्र नहीं आया था. सिर्फ आईएमए का पास रखने भर से किसी मकसद का पता नहीं चलता. इसके अलावा पास भी पांच महीने पुराना था और परेड पहले ही संपन्न हो चुकी थी. इफ्तिखार का मुश्किल दौर आखिरकार खत्म हो चुका है. उनकी बहन की शादी होने वाली है और उन्हें लगता है कि 2010 उनके लिए अच्छा बीतेगा.

हालांकि पुलिस का डर उन्हें अब भी हर वक्त सताता है.

November 2, 2008

Lucknow cops sexually abuse girls

Posted in Human Rights, Rape at 12:17 pm by zarb

Lucknow cops sexually abuse girls  
     
 
Saturday, 01 November 2008
  Lucknow, November 01: In a shocking incident, four police constables in Gorakhpur held hostage 8 girls and boys from Nepal and sexually exploited two of the girls.

The incident came to light after the inspector general (IG) Gorakhpur was informed of the incident and deputed a team which then rescued the girls.

Two of the constables who were prima-facie found guilty were suspended and an inquiry was ordered into the incident to be conducted by a gazetted rank officer.

Though action from the IG‘s end was quick, doubts were being raised on the “will” of the police officers in terms of bringing the guilty to book.

Reports said that the incident came to light on Thursday afternoon after IG Gorakhpur Harish Chandra Kashyap received a call informing him that some Nepali boys and girls were being held hostage in a hotel room in Gorakhpur allegedly at the instance of four police constables.

On the basis of the tip-off, the IG rushed his special squad to Mallick Guest House in the city where preliminary enquiries revealed that 5 girls and 3 boys were holed up in room number 206 of the guest house.

Nun Raped Two Days After VHP Leader Killed

Posted in Human Rights, Rape at 12:11 pm by zarb

Nun Raped Two Days After VHP Leader Killed  
     
 
 
Kandhmal, October 03: There seems to be no end to the Kandhmal horror story as disturbing new facts are emerging from Orissa’s communal flashpoint.

NDTV has now got confirmation that a nun was raped on August 25, two days after the killing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Laxmanand Saraswati and the entire district was on fire and Christians were attacked.

However, the rape has not been officially confirmed yet.

Sources have told NDTV that the medical examination of the nun conducted the same night at the Baliguda Hospital by two lady doctors confirmed rape.

Although the medical report was ready a day after the assault, the police did not collect it, apparently because they didn’t have time.

The report was collected by the police just two days ago and perhaps shows how lightly the case was treated by them.

According to eyewitnesses, the mob took the nun and Father Chellam to a house where they were kept for several hours before the police rescued them. It was here that the nun was raped by a man who was part of the mob

    Sunday, 05 October 2008  

Encounter of Bihar boy in middle of the road at Mumbai

Posted in Encounter, Human Rights at 11:51 am by zarb

Encounter of Bihar boy in middle of the road at Mumbai

A gun-wielding youth from Bihar was killed by the Mumbai police after he fired indiscriminately and threatened passengers on a state transport bus in the Kurla suburbs this morning.

The incident quickly assumed political dimensions, with leaders from Bihar rushing to meet Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to demand a probe into the incident, and the Centre’s intervention to stop violence against north Indians in Maharashtra.

The bizarre incident occurred at around 9:30 a.m. aboard a BEST double-decker plying on the 332 Andheri-Kurla route. The youth, identified as Rahul Raj, hailing from Patna, swiped out a country-made revolver and threatened the conductor with it after he was asked to buy a ticket, witnesses said.

Cornered in the Bail Bazaar area, the youth fired indiscriminately inside the bus, which injured passenger Manoj Bhagat, police said. Police responded with retaliatory firing in which Rahul was killed. He was pronounced dead by the local Rajawadi Hospital at Ghatkopar. The wounded Bhagat was admitted to the same hospital with serious injuries.

Passengers told police that the youth was shouting “Jai Bihar, Jai Patna”, and hurling abuse at Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Mr Raj Thackeray. Police said they suspected that the gunman was trying to take the bus passengers hostage and “this is being verified”. Maharashtra home minister Mr RR Patil backed the police action saying they have done their duty correctly.

Following today’s incident, the state government restored ‘Z’ class security for the MNS chief which had been withdrawn after his arrest last week.

In New Delhi, putting aside their traditional rivalry, top Bihar leaders Mr Lalu Prasad and Mr Ram Vilas Paswan joined Bihar chief minister Mr Nitish Kumar and Congress leader Ms Meira Kumar in meeting Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to demand an immediate ban on the MNS, the arrest of Raj Thackeray for instigating violence and a judicial probe into today’s shoot-out. They told reporters afterwards that the PM “shared our concern” over what was happening in Maharashtra and that he would consider their demand for an all-party meeting on the issue. The PM later called up Maharashtra chief minister Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh and asked him to ensure security of all sections of the society

October 17, 2008

Theories on Bhainsa riots and Killings ?

Posted in Human Rights, Minorities, Riots at 10:58 am by zarb

Hyderabad,October 13:The involvement of rebel TRS mla is recent riots in  bhainsa     is an eyeopener,The mla factory was used by miscreants to set the town ablase,most of the rowdy elements were seen operating from the factory in carrying out their attack on muslims of bhainsa .

Police are reportedly investigating the role of a TRS rebel MLA from Adilabad district and members of the Hindu Vahini, in the communal violence at Bhainsa, even as six persons of a family were burnt alive in a house in nearby Watoli village early Sunday morning.

Many eyewitness has taken the name of patel as the main suspect in these riots and he happens to be trs rebel mla and now under the patronage of congress party.

Just a day before the riots the TDP has extended support for the TELANGANA statehood which was a historical decleration.The congress party is on a backfoot after this declaration and the involment of rebel TRS mla in riots has lot of questions to be answered as majority of congress leaders of andhra are against  formation of telangana state.
Muslims all over the country are not taking the UpA governement role specially the arrests and torture of innocent boys in the name of terrorissm lightly,Jamia millia fake encounter and the govt failure to appoint a judicial commission to enquire, has hurt the muslims feeling all over the country.

Atleast in AP muslims have aternate secular forces like TDP and rjp of chirenjeevi to vote . Can these riots are trigerred to consolidate muslims votes  ? and for whom ?

Can these riots be engineered by congress leadership to put the telangana issue on a back burner by raising a communal issue in andhra pradesh .

Bjp is non-existenent in AP  and a spent force till now but bjp can be  a big gainer in telangana if communal tensions are aroused.Maharastra is just 40 km from bhaisa and there are good chances of shiv sena and bajrang dal forces comming from maharastra for formenting trouble in AP.

Bjp has tasted power in karnataka by playing the soft communal card and they are bent upon playing an active role in andhra politics  ,as Ap will have  a triangular and four cornered fights Bjp wants to fish in the trouble waters of andhra pradesh to fetch some good catch.

 

The home minister Jana reddy  claims that these people died because of electric short circuit but the govt did their best to prove that this incident was an accident through the television channels and govt agencies.

Girl raped:

It has been proved without doubt that the girl was raped and burnt ,Al the 5 members of the family were burned beyond recognition except this girl.

 

Anti-Muslim riots in North Assam

Guwahati: Anti-Muslim violence erupted in north Assam in early October between militant Bodo tribals and Muslims in which an estimated 150 Muslims have been killed so far, hundreds have been injured, mostly women and children, and around 150,000 Muslims have been made homeless. They are now living in temporary camps which lack basic amenities and sanitation. The violence is almost totally one sided and almost official as the Bodo militants attacking Muslims are actually “Surrendered Security Battallion” (SSB) which is the security force of the autonomous Bodo Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) and consists of the former Bobo militants who have been absorbed in an official security force in the wake of the settlement of February 2003. Worst areas are the districts of Darang, Udalgiri and Gwalpara which are considered communally sensitive areas. About 60 villages have been emptied of their Muslim population as a result of these attacks. Several hundred houses and other immovable properties have been set on fire. The new refugees join the earlier 45,000 refugees who are displaced since 1993.

National Highway No. 52 has been closed and curfew has been clamped in various localities. Order has also been given to shoot at site. These physical attacks are synchronised with media attack on the Muslims of Assam as they are dubbed as “Bangladeshis” without any proof. In addition to NE TV and Times Now, all local channels and newspapers are unashamedly dubbing these Muslims as “Bangladeshis” even as the Assam government denies these charges. Even PTI is parrotting these cliches.

A number of injured persons have been admitted in Guwahati Medical College and Hospital, condition of many of whom is very serious. State government is unable to control the riotous situation. Udalgiri’s Police Superintendent has been suspended and replaced by Manoj Agarwal. Another officer Abu Sufian has been given the charge of maintaining law and order in the affected areas. It may be stated here that the state of unrest has in fact been prevailing for the past one and a half months and in spite of deployment of large contingents of CRPF, army and imposition of curfew etc, end of violence is nowhere in sight. Influential Muslims in letters to Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil have appealed for immediate intervention by centre to bring the situation under control. 

Bodos in order to extend their land to form a larger Bodoland have joined hands with communal Hindu organsations like Bajrang Dal, VHP. They are openly telling Muslims that they are “Bangladeshis” and hence must quit India. Since the Congress government of the state stands with the help of Bodos crutches, it cannot do anything against the Bodos for fear of Bodos removing the crutches. (With inputs from AH Imran, editor, The Qalam Weekly)

August 17, 2008

Cops deny illegal detention of SIMI activist

Posted in Human Rights, Minorities tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:40 am by zarb

Wife of an activist of Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) has said that police have illegally detained her husband in connection with the serial blasts in Surat.

However, Ahmedabad police have denied the allegation.

Sazia, wife of Sajid Mansuri, a SIMI activist, told reporters in Surat that her husband was picked up by the Special Operations Group of Bharuch police from Lukman Society in Bharuch last Saturday and has been untraceable since then.

Meanwhile, Joint Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad, Ashish Bhatia who is heading the investigations in the serial blasts case has denied having detained Mansuri.

“Nobody by the name of Sajid has been detained by us in connection with the serial blasts,” Bhatia said.

Bharuch District Superintendent of Police Subash Trivedi also denied picking up any man named Sajid.

Sazia, who came to her relative’s place in Surat last week said, “We were sleeping when the police team came at around 10 pm to our house and took Sajid with them. They gave me a contact number and asked me to call them after two days.”

“When I called up the number, I didn’t get clear answers,” she said adding that Sajid is innocent and has not done anything wrong.

In 2001, police had arrested 123 SIMI activists who had gathered for a meeting at Rajshree Cinema hall in Surat. Sajid was one of the participants of the meeting held after the outfit was banned in 2000. However, he had managed to escape the arrest and has been absconding since then.

August 7, 2008

India: A pattern of unlawful killings by the Gujarat police: Urgent need for effective investigations

Posted in Encounter, Human Rights tagged , , , , , , , , at 1:45 pm by zarb

India: A pattern of unlawful killings by the Gujarat police: Urgent need for effective investigations

Amnesty International today issued an urgent call for independent, impartial and thorough investigations into at least 31 unlawful killings, including those of so-called “terrorist” suspects reported to have been carried out by police officers in Gujarat (western India) since 2002.

The call follows an admission by the Gujarat state government that senior officers of the state police, who were part of an anti-terrorist squad, were directly involved in the killing of a 38-year-old man, Sohrabuddin Shaikh, and his wife, Kausar Bi, in 2005.

The admission came as a result of the intervention of India’s Supreme Court which ordered continued investigations into this case. While welcoming these efforts, Amnesty International remains concerned that the vast majority of other reported unlawful killings have yet to be effectively investigated by independent and impartial bodies.

In the case of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, the Gujarat state government disclosed to the Supreme Court that he was shot dead by Anti Terror Squad (ATS) officers, and that although he had been facing criminal charges including extortion, he had not been linked to terrorism. After his killing in 2005, the ATS branded him a terrorist member of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), an armed organisation in Kashmir, and accused him of conspiring to kill senior leaders of the former ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.

The state government also admitted that the ATS officers shot dead his wife, Kausar Bi, possibly because she had witnessed her husband’s killing, and later burnt her body. There is concern she may also have been sexually assaulted. Another key witness in the case, Tulsiram Gangaram Prajapati, was also shot dead by ATS officers – who were already under investigation for the killing of Sohrabuddin Shaikh. Six police officers have been arrested in connection with the case.

Human rights organisations and opposition parties have accused the Gujarat authorities of attempting to undermine the Sohrabuddin Shaikh investigation, after reports emerged claiming the perpetrators were under the orders of a criminal gang linked to the mining industry in neighbouring Rajasthan. The Supreme Court also sought an explanation from the Gujarat government as to why Geeta Johri, an investigator from the state crime branch police assigned to the case, had been relieved of this responsibility. Geeta Johri was subsequently reassigned to the investigation.

Unlawful killings since 2002

The unlawful killings in Gujarat since 2002 include both so-called “terrorist” suspects, and those accused of ordinary criminal offences (see Appendices A and B). The government of Gujarat has stated that 21 such killings took place in the state during 2003-2006. A petition filed by a journalist, B. G. Verghese, seeking independent inquiries into these killings, is pending at India’s Supreme Court.(1)

Amnesty International is gravely concerned that the common features of the killings reveal a systematic pattern:
· At least 16 of the 31 killings, including those of two women, were carried out by the present or former ATS officers.(2)
· Almost all of the victims were killed in the early hours of the day.
· The majority of these killings took place at Ahmedabad.
· Thirteen of those killed belonged to the minority Muslim community.
· The ATS claimed that those it had shot dead were “terrorists”, conspiring to either kill the chief minister or state and national BJP leaders or intending to set off explosions in Gujarat; and at least six of them hailed from Pakistan.

During the same period, at least 15 other killings were carried out by the Gujarat police elsewhere in the state.(3)

· All of the killed faced criminal charges and four belonged to the Muslim community.
· The police versions of these killings were similar in nature: police claimed that all of them died after police fired in self-defence in the course of a “confrontation” either at the time of arrest, or in custody.
· Of the 16 killings, only one appears to have been fully investigated, resulting in the conviction of the police officer concerned in a court of law.

Gujarat: entrenching a climate of impunity

The recent upswing in such killings by the Gujarat police began after communal violence in March 2002 – in which 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, lost their lives – and an armed attack on Akshardham temple in September 2002, in which 37 Hindu devotees and three security personnel were killed.

During this period, the Gujarat government repeatedly claimed it was taking action to foil a series of conspiracies against the state. It had alleged that Islamic fundamentalist militants backed by Pakistani intelligence services had planned these conspiracies in retaliation for the mass killings of Muslims during the March 2002 communal riots.

In late 2003, however, Amnesty International extensively detailed human rights violations – including illegal detentions in Ahmedabad and elsewhere — which were fostering a climate of impunity.(4)

The climate of impunity strengthened over this period. Police and other security personnel believed to be responsible for widespread violations of human rights against the Muslim minority, especially the youth, in Ahmedabad and elsewhere in Gujarat, could operate without fear of investigation or prosecution.

Persistent failures to heed calls for investigations (see also Appendix A)

In 2006, the Supreme Court ordered the Gujarat police to conduct an inquiry into the killing of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, following which six police officials including the former head of the ATS were arrested. Till then, demands for investigations into reported killings by the ATS were routinely ignored.

In one of the cases (that of Samir Khan Pathan killed in 2002), 12 persons were arrested following Samir Khan Pathan’s “confession” while he was in detention. After his killing, they were all released by courts. Subsequently, the state crime branch police had submitted a report questioning the ATS’ version of Samir Khan Pathan’s killing; the same was seconded by another wing of the Gujarat police, but no action was taken.

In two instances where those killed hailed from other states, those of Ishrat Jahan and Javed Shaikh (2004), police from these states launched their own investigations which went on to reveal that they had no criminal or terrorist record as alleged by the ATS. However, the Gujarat government chose to ignore these findings and failed to pursue its own investigations into the killings.

In the case of the two of the killings, those of Samir Khan Pathan (2002) and Ishrat Jagan (2004), India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sought reports from the Gujarat government as to whether the NHRC guidelines for investigating such incidents were being followed.(5). The Gujarat government failed to order such investigations until the intervention by the Supreme Court. This is despite the fact the NHRC guidelines clearly stipulate: “In cases where the police officers belonging to the same police station are members of the encounter party, it is desirable that such cases are made over for investigation to some other independent investigating agency, such as the state crime branch police”.

The duty to protect the right to life and to conduct effective investigation into all unlawful killings

Following the Gujarat government’s recent disclosures in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh case, relatives of at least three of those killed by ATS officers, and branded as “terrorists” intend to petition the judiciary for independent inquiries into the killings.

The state of India (the Union government) and the government of Gujarat have an obligation to protect the right to life as guaranteed by Article 21 of the Indian Constitution(6) and in international human rights law.

Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. Article 6(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which India is a party, states: “Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life”. Article 4 of the ICCPR states that this right cannot be waived “even in times of public emergency threatening the life of the nation”. Unlawful and extrajudicial killings clearly contravene the right to life.

Under Article 2(3) (a) and (b) of the ICCPR, State parties are obliged to ensure that remedies are available to the victims of human rights violations and that those remedies are effective.

The Indian government ratified the ICCPR in 1979. By ratifying an international treaty which enshrines the right to life, India is obliged not only to respect that right in principle, but also to ensure it is not violated in practice. The ICCPR imposes a clear duty on states to investigate alleged violations of the right to life “promptly, thoroughly and effectively through independent and impartial bodies”.(7)

Such investigations are a critical factor in the prevention of further unlawful killings. Without adequate investigation of complaints of extrajudicial killings, there can be little hope of prosecuting and convicting the perpetrators.

Recommendations

    Amnesty International calls on the government of Gujarat and the Union government to:

· set up prompt, thorough and impartial judicial inquiries urgently into all the reported unlawful killings by Gujarat police since 2002;
· to make the terms of reference of such inquiries available publicly;
· and ensure that the inquiries comply fully with the requirements of Principle 18 of the UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extralegal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions.(8)

    Under India’s Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, the Union or state government needs to sanction the arrest or criminal prosecution of public servants, including police officers and members of the civil or armed forces. This law has not been amended to ensure that public officers who violate human rights are no longer protected from prosecution, despite repeated calls to do so from human rights organisations.

Amnesty International calls for

· Assurances from the government of Gujarat that state sanction/permission will be given for the prosecution of public servants responsible for unlawful killings
· All those responsible for such killings to be afforded due process and brought to justice in trials which comply with international standards of fairness
· Those convicted not to be given the death penalty as this punishment contravenes the right to life and the prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
· The family and dependents of all the victims to be adequately compensated in accordance with Principle 20 of the Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extralegal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions.(9)

    Amnesty International is concerned that the NHRC and the Gujarat Human Rights Commission have been unable to ensure that that all the complaints and reports of unlawful killings in Gujarat are adequately investigated. The NHRC has also been unable to ensure that the guidelines issued by it are fully respected by the authorities in Gujarat.

· The NHRC must review urgently its current policy and practice of monitoring unlawful killings, to ensure its guidelines on investigations are followed by the authorities.

APPENDIX A
LIST OF UNLAWFUL FILLINGS OF SO-CALLED “TERRORISTS” IN GUJARAT 2002-2006

Names etc., Case details Date, time and place Details of execution Follow-up details
1. Samir Khan Pathan   23 October 2002;
early hours;
Usmanpura Garden, Ahmedabad.
Resident of Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Police claimed he was arrested on 1 October 2002, but according to his relatives he was arrested on 27 September 2002. The court remanded him to further police custody.
Shot dead well past midnight on 22 October 2002.
Police claimed he had faced several charges including killing a constable in 1996. Police claimed that he later procured a fake passport, went to Pakistant o receive arms training, was working for Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), an armed organisation in Kashmir, and was conspiring to kill Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Police claimed that he was shot dead while trying to flee from custody.
On 11 November 2002, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sought a report, within two weeks, from the Gujarat police, whether investigation into the incident was done as per its guidelines enunciated on 29 March 1997. The Gujarat police’s response to this was unknown.
On 2 January 2003, 13 persons arrested earlier on the basis of Pathan’s confession were released as per the orders of a local court. The Gujarat police challenged this order but the Gujarat High Court upheld their release as it held there was no way to verify the confession since Pathan was dead. The Supreme Court later upheld their release.
In 2003, the Gujarat CID (crime branch) police submitted an internal report questioning the ATS account of the execution; in 2005, this report was seconded by the Gujarat inspector-general (human rights and social justice) but no action was taken.
Pathan’s father now plans to move the Supreme court for an independent inquiry.
2. Sadiq Jamal Mehtar (20) DCB 3/03E;
IPC 120B, 121, 122,123, 307;
Arms Act 25A(1) (B)
10 January 2003;
0400 hrs;
Galaxy cinema, Naroda, Ahmedabad
Resident of Jashonath Chowk, Bhavnagar, Gujarat.
Shot dead. Police claimed he opened fire at them and they fired in self-defence. Police claimed he was working for Dawood Ibrahim, Chota Shakeel, the LET and Pakistan’s Inter-services intelligence agency (ISI) and was conspiring to kill Narendra Modi, former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and Viswa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia. Police claimed they received a tip-off from central intelligence agencies.
Later that year, a private complaint was filed by Mumbai-based Kiran Tirodkar before a city special court that he had met Sadiq as a domestic help in Dubai who had lost his family members and his house in the 2002 Gujarat communal violence. It claimed that, on Sadiq’s return to India, a Mumbai police officer handed him over to the Gujarat police to facilitate the extrajudicial execution.
3. Ganesh Khunte 4. Mahendra Chandrakant Jadhav DCB 8/03;
IPC 120B, 121, 121 A 122, 123, 307;
Arms act 25(1)(B)(a)
23 June 2003;
0230 hrs;
Gandhi Road, Panch Kuva, Kappad Bazar, Ahmedabad
Both residents of Mumbai city, Maharashtra.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that the two opened fire at them and they fired in self-defence.
Police claimed they were working for Dawood Ibrahim, Chota Shakeel and the ISI and were conspiring to kill Gujarat law minister Ashok Bhatt and a BJP legislator, Bharat Bhanot.
 
5. Israr Shaikh alias Pahelwan   2003-2004
Ahmedabad
Police claimed that he was wanted in several cases.
Shot dead.
 
6. Zeeshan Johar alias Janbaaz alias Abdul Ghani.
7. Amjad Ali Akbar Rana alias Salim alias Chandru alias Raju alias Rajkumar
8. Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai
9. Ishrat Jahan Raza (female, 19)
DCB 8/04
IPC 120B, 121, 121A 122, 123, 307
Arms act 25(1) (B)(a), 27, 29;
POTA 3(3), 20,21, etc,
16 June 2004;
0430 hrs;
Lotarpur Waterworks, Naroda, Ahmedahad
Police claimed that Zeeshan was a resident of Gujaranwala district and Amjad, a resident of Sargoda district, (both Punjab, Pakistan).
Javed was a resident of Goregaon, Pune city, Maharashtra.
Ishrat was a student from Mumbra near Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Shot dead after a car chase..
Police claimed that they fired in self-defence at the car from which firing was done.
Police claimed that they were working for the LET and conspiring to kill Narendra Modi and were trying to enter Gujarat with the help of banned terrorist organisations.
The killings of Ishrat and Javed created a controversy in their home states of Maharashtra and Kerala where police said they had no criminal records or links with terrorist activities.
On 18 June 2004, the NHRC had sought a report, within six weeks, from the Gujarat police whether its guidelines on investigating such incidents, enunciated in letters dated 29 March 1997 and 2 December 2003 to chief ministers, were being followed. The Gujarat police’s response to this was unknown.
Following the findings of the investigation into the execution of Sohrabuddin, Ishrat’s mother in Maharashtra and Javed’s father in Kerala are planning to file petitions seeking independent inquiries into their killings.
10. Sohrabuddin Shaikh
11. Kausar Bi, wife of Sohrabuddin.
  26-28 November 2005; Ahmedabad and Ilol. Both residents of Jharnaya, Madhya Pradesh.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that Soharabuddin
Shaikh, who was facing a number of criminal charges, was an agent of the
LET and that he was conspiring to kill top political leaders in Gujarat including Narendra Modi. Kausar Bi went missing.
The Government of Gujarat has admitted, before India’s Supreme Court, that, on the early morning of
23 November 2005, the ATS officers had abducted the two, along with Prajapati, killed Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Kausar Bi from a bus travelling from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh to Sangli in Maharashtra; they later killed Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Kausar Bi and burnt her body.
This admission came after an investigation done by an officer of the Gujarat state police crime branch, as per the orders of the Supreme Court on a petition filed by the victim’s brother, Rubabuddin Shaikh who is fighting a legal battle.
Following the investigation so far, six police officers — including three senior officers D. G. Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandyan, M. N. Dinesh Kumar — have been arrested.
12-15.
Four youths
  17 March 2006;
0330 hrs;
Vinzol, Ahmedabad
Police claimed that at least three of the four were Pakistani nationals including Azaan, a commander of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, an armed organisation in Kashmir, and Mohammed Ayub Bhatt, another member of the same organisation. The third person was Mudasser alias Javed Ahmad Dar and the fourth remains unidentified.
Shot dead during a raid when the four fired on the police. Police fired in self-defence.
Police claimed they were working for Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and working to recruit youth, bomb places of worship and kill key political leaders.
 
16. Tulsiram Gangaram Prajapati   28 December 2006
Banaskantha district.
Resident of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was a member of the Sharif Pathan gang and that he tried to escape while being taken in a train from Ahmedabad to Udaipur in Rajasthan.
See Sohrabuddin Shaikh-Kausar Bi killings (No. 10 and 11). Ongoing investigations have revealed that Prajapati was abducted along with them on 23 November 2005. He was killed on 28 December 2006 even as the investigations were going on.

APPENDIX B
LIST OF OTHER REPORTED UNLAWFUL KILLINGS IN GUJARAT 2002-2006

Names etc., Case details Date, time and place Details of execution Follow-up details
1. Anil Bain Mishra Behari Pandesara
GR 34/03;
IPC 307;
Arms act 25;
BP act 135
11 March 2003;
1830 hrs;
Surat
Resident of Pandesara, Surat, Gujarat.
Shot dead.
Police claimed he assaulted them while they were trying to recovering arms and they fired in self-defence.
 
2. Jalabhai Popat Bhai Devi Poojak (24) BDV 40/04
IPC 307, 332, 337, 188.
17 January 2004;
1730 hrs
Lavaji Crematorium, Chowraya Beat,
Rajkot
Resident of Kubli Yapas, Rajkot, Gujarat.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was wanted for criminal charges and that he attacked them with stones and knife and caused injuries in the course of a body search when they fired in self-defence..
 
3. Mahesh Dipak Garwali. Umra 36/04; IPC 307;
Arms act 25
21 January 2004;
0100 hrs;
Farm near City line Road, Surat
Resident of Garwali Chowki, Uttaranchal.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he snatched a revolver from the police when they were trying to nab other wanted persons and that the police fired in self-defence.
 
4. Mitho Umar Dafer (35) Vasad 35/04
IPC 395,397, 332,333;
BP Act 135
14 March 2004;
0230 hrs;
Sundar Railway Phatak, Anand
Resident of Padana, Dhanduka taluk, Ahmedabad district, Gujarat.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was facing several criminal charges and that he attacked a police officer while being chased after looting a truck as part of a group. Police fired in self-defence.
 
5. Dinesh Navubha Jadeja alias Bako Bhachau police station
IPC 307
15 April 2004 Bhachau police station, Kutch Resident of Bhachau, Gujarat.
Shot dead in the police station.
Police claimed that Bako came to the police station to meet his friend Devo who had been arrested under the Goondas Act the previous day and demanded his release. Police claimed Bako tried to snatch the service revolver of a police officer. Police fired in self-defence.
The victim’s brother Mahendrasinh Jadeja, filed several petitions. In 2005, the Gujarat government ordered a CID inquiry into the case. Following the investigation, on 2 May 2007, a Gandhidham court convicted police officer Manjitbhai Dabhi and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
6. Salem Gagjibhai Miyana (23) BDV 180/04; IPC 307, 332, 337, 186, 504; 4 May 2004; 1230 hrs;
GH Board III Floor, Rajkot
Resident of G H Board, Rajkot, Gujarat.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was facing several charges of bootlegging and that he attacked them with an iron rod injuring the right hand of the policeman searching his residence when they fired in self-defence.
 
7. Subhash Bhaskar Naik Vyara 94/04 IPC 307, 392, 332, 353;
Arms act 25, 27
4 June 2004;
0620 hrs;
Barekhadi Patiya,
Surat
Resident of Kallu, Pathanapuram, Kollam district, Kerala.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was facing several criminal cases and that he snatched a revolver and fired at the police while being taken from Surat to Nawapur. Police fired in self-defence.
 
8. Kashyap Harpal Singh Dhaka (22) Kareli Bagh 227/04;
IPC 307, 224; Arms Act 25, 27
14 August 2004;
1815 hrs;
Harni village, Motnat Mahadevwala Road Canal,
Vadodara
Resident of Dhakeli Taluk, Khedka, Baghpat district, Uttar Pradesh.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was wanted in several criminal cases and that he tried to scare police using a dummy revolver. Police fired in self-defence.
 
9. Sanjay alias Sanju alias Rahul Sharad Prasad Chowdhry PS Umargam 336/04
IPC 307, 332 Arms act 25, 27
26 November 2004
0610 hrs RK Farm Nursery, Ketli village, Bilan Sanjan Road, Valsad district.
Resident of Bilad, Umargam taluk, Valsad district, Gujarat.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was facing several criminal charges; when police was taking him from Valsad to Umargam, he snatched the commando carbine and fired at the police,. Police fired in self-defence.
 
10. Mer Bhima Manda Adhedara (37) Sheel 77/04
IPC 307, 506(2)
Arms Act 25
29 December 2004;
0935 hrs;
Miti village. Junagarh district.
Resident of Miti village, Junagarh district, Gujarat.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was facing several charges and that they had taken him to a field to recover his hidden pistol and he suddenly used another hidden pistol to fire at them injuring a policeman. Police fired in self-defence.
 
11. Rajeshwar alias Mintu   9 April 2005; 0230 hrs;
Dedarda village, Anand
Resident of Patna, Bihar.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was wanted in several criminal cases and that when they went to arrest him, he snatched a policeman’s revolver and ended up pressing the trigger twice resulting in death.
 
12. Rafish alias Bapudi Mohammed Shah Faquir Jethpur 124/05.
IPC 307, 397, 333, 353, 188, 189;
Arms act 25(1)A, 27; Damage to property act 3, 7
18 July 2005; 2125 hrs;
Marketing yard; Jethpur.
Resident of Dharagarh,
Jamnagar district, Gujarat.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that when they took him to recover a revolver, he
snatched policeman’s revolver and
fired at them injuring a policeman. Police fired at him in self-defence.
 
13. Dongaria Himla Machar IPC 307
BP Act 135
25 August 2005; Maraigaon, Valsad district. Resident of Madhya Pradesh.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he attacked them with a dagger when they had gone to arrest him. Police fired in self defence.
 
14. Haji Haji Ismail Suzania Umargam 244/05
IPC 307
Arms Act 25, 27
9 October 2005; Nandigram Resident of Salaya Taluk, Jamnagar district, Gujarat.
Police claimed that he was wanted in several criminal cases and that when they went to arrest him, he fired at them. Police fired in self-defence.
 
15. Joginder Singh Khattan Singh Sikh. Valsad City 11/06
IPC 307
Arms act 25, 27
2006
Nanak Wada village School Compound District Valsad
Resident of Billimoria Devsar Sikh camp, Valsad, Gujarat
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was wanted in several criminal cases. When they went to arrest him, he tried to escape but his motorcycle slipped. Police claimed that he attacked them with a dagger and a country-made gun. Police fired in self-defence.
 

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(1) Reply to Question No. 16840, Details of encounters with police in the state 2003-2006, from the Proceedings of the Gujarat assembly, cited in Writ Petition (Criminal) 31 of 2007, B. G. Verghese vs. Union of India, State of Gujarat and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

 

(2) Those killed included persons hailing from the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Kerala. The age of those killed wherever one finds a mention, was between 19 and 38.

 

(3) Those killed included persons hailing from the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala

 

(4) See Amnesty International Report, India: Abuse of the law in Gujarat — Muslims detained illegally in Ahmedabad, AI Index 20/029/2003, 6 November 2003). Hundreds of persons, almost all of them Muslims, suspected of involvement in a range of alleged conspiracies against the state, had been detained. Those who faced incommunicado detention had to endure torture or degrading treatment at Gaekwad Haveli and other places in Ahmedabad. Those formally arrested numbered 240, including 239 Muslims, and the various human rights violations against them were facilitated by provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 (POTA) under which they were charged. Many of them had spent long periods in illegal detention prior to their formal arrest. This widespread use of illegal detention and discriminatory use of POTA against members of the Muslim minority was reported to have intimidated the Muslim community who were too scared to make official complaints. The condition was such that only a handful of habeas corpus petitions were filed on behalf of those illegally detained, because of the overwhelming fear of retribution amongst relatives and even lawyers. Also, there was persistent harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders working with members of the Muslim community in the state. For example, see Amnesty International’s Urgent Action update, Fear for the safety of Teesta Setalvad, Rais Khan Azeezkhan Pathan, Suhel Tirmizi and other human rights defenders in Gujarat state, AI Index: ASA 20/024/2003, 2 September 2003).

 

(5) See http://nhrc.nic.in/ for Letter dated 29 March 1997 from NHRC chairperson Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah to chief ministers regarding the procedure to be followed in cases of deaths in police encounters and Letter dated 3 December 2003 from NHRC chairperson Justce A. S. Anand on Revised guidelines/procedures to be followed in deaths occurring in police encounters.

 

(6) Courts in India have repeatedly held that the right to life guaranteed by the Article 21 is inviolable. See Challa Ramkonda Reddy vs. State of Andhra Pradesh, All India Reporter, 1989 AP 235 and All India Reporter 2000 SC 2083.

 

(7) Human Rights Committee, General Comment No. 31, “Nature of the legal obligation on States Parties to the Covenant” para.15.

 

(8) Under the Principles, the inquiries should seek to determine the cause, manner and time of death, the person(s) responsible, and any pattern or practice which may have brought about the deaths. They should include an adequate autopsy, collection and analysis of all physical and documentary evidence and statements from witnesses.

 

In accordance with Principle 17 written reports shall be made within a reasonable time on the methods and findings of each inquiry. These shall be made public immediately and shall include the scope of the inquiry, procedures and methods used to evaluate evidence as well as conclusions and recommendations based on findings of fact and on applicable law. The reports shall describe in detail specific events that were found to have occurred, and the evidence on which such findings were based.

 

(9) The NHRC guidelines states that the ”question of granting of compensation to the dependents of the deceased would depend upon the facts and circumstances of each case”.

July 26, 2008

Muslims in Mumbai at the Receiving End

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Muslims in Mumbai at the Receiving End

Abuse and discrimination after the train blasts in Mumbai

The Milli Gazette Online


The 11 July 2006 blasts in suburban railway trains in the western Indian city of Mumbai killed at least 207 people and injured more than 700 according to official sources. No individual or group officially claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, a large segment of the media, the police as well as a number of politicians and Hindu nationalist groups were swift to point the finger at Islamic ‘terrorist organisations’. A leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party declared that “in the Mumbai blasts case, the terrorists were most probably Muslims”.

K.P. Raghuvanshi, head of Mumbai’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) in charge of investigating the bombings initially, alleged the involvement of a well-coordinated “big power”. The Mumbai police now claim the involvement of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan.

Muslim leaders strongly condemned the bombings. Nevertheless, immediately in the aftermath of the bombings, about 350 men, mostly of Muslim origin and from Muslim majority areas in Mumbai, were detained overnight by the ATS for interrogation. The suburb of Mahim was especially targeted by the ATS and more than 250 people from the area were detained and interrogated a few days only after the blasts.

A directive was further issued by the government of the state of Maharashtra – of which Mumbai is the capital – calling on the state police to “thoroughly investigate every Muslim who travels abroad”.

Accordingly, police forces carried out a number of investigations, conducting raids without proper legal documents, visiting and questioning several Muslim executives travelling abroad, especially to West Asia, and asking them to provide proof of their travel. In the neighbouring state of Gujarat, where violence against the Muslim community has been more pronounced, and indeed vicious, the state home department asked the police to monitor the movements of certain groups and collect details of the members of the group.

Labelling a community

The harassment and discriminatory treatment even led some to conceal their religious identities, with some Muslim men shaving off their beards and women casting aside their burqas. Heena Kausar, for instance, suffered humiliation and harassment on a public bus. The police stopped the bus she was in for a ‘routine check’ and searched her. “They picked me from all those passengers because I wore a burqa,” she said. “A male constable asked me to lift my veil and then frisked me,” she told reporters. The trend of concealing religious identity is not a new phenomenon in Mumbai. The same phenomenon was seen in Mumbai’s Muslim-majority areas in the aftermath of the 1993 blasts in the city.

In Mumbai and elsewhere, Muslim men were picked up for questioning and often detained for days. Some were reportedly tortured. According to Farhana Shah, a lawyer representing some of those accused in the blasts case, “police high-handedness with Muslims in Mumbai isn’t new.” What is new is “that the community is being seen only through the prism of terror. The result is that when you pick up educated innocents and slap them around for a couple of days, they walk out as different people. It just ends up reinforcing their sense of being persecuted victims.” One of Ms Shah’s clients who was picked up by the police was whipped with a canvas belt and verbally abused. He was released three days later after the police, he said, realised he “knew nothing about the blasts”.

Mumbai Director General of Police P.S. Pasricha was reported as saying: “Yes, we did a lot of combing and questioning just after the blasts. After that, however, we have been very, very discreet.” Police in the northeastern Indian state of Tripura detained 20 Muslim men, including 11 from Maharashtra. Those held had no specific charges against them except that they were found close to the Bangladesh border. Muslim members of Parliament, outraged by the way Muslims were harassed in the name of investigations, asked Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure that such abuses were halted. They drew attention to the fact that the basic civil and political rights of hundreds of Muslims had been violated since the beginning of the investigations and that police forces had completely disregarded the requirements to be followed in cases of arrest and detention as laid down by the Supreme Court of India in 1997. The fundamental right of a person who has been arrested or detained to inform a friend or relative was ignored.

A group of nearly 150 Muslim scholars raised its concern during a conference with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, stressing the danger of the “accused presumed to be guilty” approach adopted by security agencies during investigation as well as the use of the term ‘Islamic terrorism’, thereby accusing the entire Muslim community as “collaborators of evil”. It urged the Prime Minister not to “tar the community with the same brush”. The fact that legal rights have been neglected and human rights violated has increased the sense of victimisation felt by the Muslim community. According to Maulana Mehmood Daryabadi, General Secretary of the All India Ulema Council, it is “as if the police are out to prove that members of only one particular community are terrorists”.

Prime Minister Singh acknowledged a few weeks after the blasts that “terrorism has resulted in certain sections of our population being targeted, with the result that a wrong impression has been created of the radicalization of the entire Muslim community”. He cautioned that while dealing with terrorism, no innocent person should be harassed. If a mistake is made, effective remedial and corrective measures must be taken well in time, he said.

Statements by Hindu nationalist organisations and parties, however, have continued to take a strident, often violent, stand. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) advocating, for instance, has accused madrasas of being “breeding grounds for terror infrastructure” and, referring to a group of radical activists, said they should be “ruthlessly crushed”.

Leaders of the BJP have accused the Indian government of adopting a ‘soft’ stance and have called for the revival of tough anti-terrorism measures such as the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), which was repealed in 2004. The danger of the reinstatement of POTA lies in the fact that it was used with particular force against the Muslim community after the bombings in Mumbai in 2003.

Following a number of allegations of the police’s misbehaviour during investigations, Mumbai Police Commissioner A.N. Roy sent a letter to Muslim community leaders in September 2006 to reassure them that any police official showing bias against Muslims would be punished. His letter was sent to more than 100 community leaders in an effort to prove the police’s dedication to justice. No innocent would be targeted and in case there were complaints about harassment, Roy assured the community that he as well as other top police officials would meet them personally to redress their grievances: “there is no question of bias against people of a certain community… our investigation machinery has been set up in a way to ensure there is no bias. Still, if there are any holes in this system, we are ready to amend it. Police officials who are guilty of any bias will be punished”.

However, there has yet to be any concrete example of a police official being punished for violations ranging from racist verbal abuse to physical torture.

The silence of the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) is also appalling. The only reaction of the NHRC after the blasts was to issue a notice regarding the difficulties being faced by the next of kin of the deceased and the victims suffering serious injuries. It made no mention of the discrimination faced by the Muslim community or of the violations of human rights committed in the name of investigation, arbitrary arrests and unlawful detentions.

Alienation of the Muslim community

As Muslim leaders have warned, this situation has further alienated a community that was already facing marginalisation and discrimination before the blasts. The town of Mumbra, 40 kilometres from Mumbai and having a large Muslim population, was labelled “terror city” as a result of an alleged plot to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2004, and has been a refuge for Muslim families fleeing from violence in states such as Gujarat.

However, living in Mumbra also means living with labels. “Yes, we can educate ourselves, but now, especially after the train blasts, who will give us jobs with Mumbra in our address column?” is the main feeling amid Mumbra’s Muslim population. Interviews and testimonies of Muslims living in Mumbai and other places around the country confirm this trend. The resentment and fear are palpable. Police forces meanwhile are stationed in large numbers in these areas.

This feeling of alienation and discrimination of the Muslim minority is particularly dangerous in a country with strong Hindu fundamentalist forces, which have a vested interest in promoting Hindu-Muslim conflict. The anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat in 2002 blighted India’s claims of being a tolerant society. The failure of the State was striking – it was not a failure born of incompetence; rather, the evidence pointed to the state apparatus willfully abdicating its duties in favour of pursuing its communal and ideological agenda. The State then failed to mitigate the effects of the horror, dispensing with the necessary measures to restore citizens’ faith in the State machinery – adequate financial compensation for lives and property lost and the quick, fair and efficient trials to bring the guilty to book.

Now, with the community continuing to be the target of discriminatory treatment in the aftermath of the July 2006 blasts, the sense of alienation is bound to increase. In view of the global tendency to categorise Muslims as “terrorists,” it is important that India gives a clear signal to its Muslim minority that it does not take this position. The respect of a minority’s rights is fundamental to secure peace and unity, especially in a country like India that claims to tolerate, value, and indeed celebrate, its multiculturalism. (Human Rights Features)

Punjab Human Rights Committee’s Report On Cold Blooded Murder of a Muslim Youth

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Punjab Human Rights Committee’s Report On Cold Blooded Murder of a Muslim Youth

The Milli Gazette Online

23 October 2006

Punjab Human Rights Committee’s Report on Cold Blooded Murder of a Muslim Youth on 20-21st night of September 2006.

Even after the end of terrorism in Punjab, functioning of some senior officers of Punjab police still remains the same without any accountability and responsibility.

On the information of murder of a youth in Giana village about 40km from Bhatinda on the night between
20-21.9.06 by the Special Task Force police men (STF), The Punjab Human Rights Committee (PHRC) formed a three member panel to investigate this cold blooded murder.

The panel comprised of Punjab Human Rights Committee General Secretary Ved Parkash Gupta, Mr. Balwinder. S. Bhullar social worker and Mr. Sukhjit Singh (Neena).

The panel visited villages Giana, Kanakwal and townships Rama Mandi and Talwandi Saboo in Bhatinda district and interviewed and interacted with common people and the police officers in this connection. The panel heard the eye witness account of Jagsir Singh one of the occupants of the truck who was fortunate enough to escape death at the hands of STF men. The panel also met the first man who saw the blood covered body of the youth lying in a truck and had reported to the police at Rama Mandi. He told the panel that the villagers heard indiscriminate firing which started between Kanakwal and Giana.

PHRC panel’s findings are as under:

According to the findings of the PHRC panel four persons including the driver of the truck were coming from Bhagu village in Haryana. They were bringing a bull in the truck. At Kanakwal village the personal of the Special Task Force (STF) signaled them to stop. According to the facts collected by the panel, this STF is nothing but a group of about one dozen loyal and trusted policemen formed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ferozepur range. This STF is personally controlled and run by the IGP. The STF is not answerable to any one but the IGP only. This force has been working in all the six districts of Ferozepur range independently without any connection, cooperation or coordination with the Senior Superintends of Police (SSPs) of these districts. The working of this STF is very dubious. A few instances when this force directly interfered in the working of the district police have come to the notice of the panel.

The driver of the truck panicked and did not stop and tried to flee as they had stolen a bull from somewhere in Haryana. The STF men chased them in their own vehicle toward village Giana. The STF started unprovoked indiscriminate firing on the truck. This indiscriminate firing was heard by the villagers and the fact substantiated by a panchayat member Raj Singh. The truck driver did not stop even then. The STF police tried to overtake the truck but their vehicle grazed with the truck, which infuriated the policemen. Then they fired at the tyre of the truck and punctured it. Even after the puncture of the tyre the truck covered some distance from village Giana. Ultimately the truck got stuck in the Kutcha road and stopped. The STF men pounced upon the truck one of the constables gave a lathi blow on the glass panel of the driver’s seat and shattered it. Then they pulled out the driver and tied his hands behind his back. They gave him a sound beating.

When the STF men inspected the truck they found the blood covered dead body of one of the four occupants of the truck. They panicked and tried to put the blame of the murder of the youth upon them in vain. After some deliberations the STF men released the tied driver and left the place in their vehicle leaving the truck with the dead body of the youth there.

A panchayat member of village Giana S. Raj Singh dared to find out the cause of so much firing in the early hours that night. In the morning he saw the truck and found the blood covered body of the youth. He immediately informed the Rama Mandi police as well as DSP Talwandi Saboo about the incident. The Rama Police took the truck as well as the dead body of the youth in its custody.

Jagsir Singh one of the four occupants of the truck who was released by the STF men informed the relatives of Namim Khan at Muzaffarpur in Utter Pradesh on phone. Namim Khan was a Muslim youth in his twenties who was shot dead by STF firing. About one dozen near and dear ones of the youth Namim Khan reached Bhatinda on 22nd evening along with Jagsir Singh who escaped death at the hands of STF men. Jagsir Singh narrated the whole story to the press men as well as to the PHRC panel in detail. He also told that the STF men have snatched his mobile set no. 9814876110 also.

The panel also met the SHO Rama police station, also inspected the bullet ridden body of the truck number GLIG 4100 there. The right side of the rear of the truck was still covered with blood. The blood of the victim trickled down covering even the number plate of the truck. The panel also talked to Mr. Gurmit Singh DSP Talwandi Saboo in whose area the village Giana falls.

The police got the postmortem of the dead body and hurriedly cremated it without taking the trouble of identifying the dead person.

The panel interviewed SHO Rama Mandi and DSP Talwandi Saboo, the panel found both these officers hesitant to tell the whole truth behind the firing and the resultant death of a youth on the night of 20-21.9.06. Some police constables on condition of anonymity informed the panel that firing and the murder of the youth is the work of STF. The panel wanted to know some more in detail about the STF from here and there. Some other persons connected with the police department were also interviewed. The facts collected from all these persons about STF working by the team have already been mentioned.

The local police of Rama Mandi and Talwandi Saboo was not informed in advance by the STF about their movements in the area and setting up check post there. The panel noted that the STF men deliberately did not inform the local police there about the firing and the death of a youth in the early hours of 20-21 September
06. They must have thought that the case would be hushed up as nobody knew any thing at that time.

Mr. Varinder Kumar SSP Bhatinda ordered immediate probe into the incident. From the quick result of the investigation ending in the arrest of one Surjit Singh ASI Ferozepur and Lakhvir Singh head constable Bhatinda, it appears that Bhatinda police must be knowing about the activities of the so called STF men in the area. Surjit Singh ASI is the leader of STF and Lakhvir Singh as its trusted member. Both have been arrested under section 302 IPC.

It is to be noted here that Bhatinda is a developing area and is a good place for minting money. The IGP and DIG both have shifted their offices from their head quarters at Ferozepur and Faridkot respectively to Bhatinda city.

Panel has many questions to be asked and probed. Was working of STF in the knowledge of district authorities? Why other STF men not identified and arrested? What was the hurry to cremate the body of the youth without making efforts to find out his identity?

The Punjab Human Rights Committee after thorough investigation, interaction with villagers, eye witness account of Jagsir Singh and circumstantial evidences has concluded that STF men were responsible of murder of youth Namim Khan. PHRC panel has demanded a thorough investigation into the formation, control and activities of this STF and the arrest of other members who were present at the time of firing resulting in death of a youth near Giana.

The PHRC panel has apprehensions that the powerful and mighty officers may be successful in hushing up the case or pressurize the victims for a compromise and retract their statements given the press and the Panel.

Copies of this report are being sent to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Chief Justice Supreme Court of India, Chief Justice Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chairman National Human Rights Commission, CBI, CVC, Chairman Punjab State Human Rights Commission, Chief Minister of Punjab and Director General Police Punjab for thorough investigation to punish the guilty.

Report released by:
Ved Parkash Gupta.
Punjab Human Rights Committee,
5042, Afim Wali Gali, Bhatinda. Punjab.
Ph. 0164-2253903.
E-Mail – vitull@sancharnet.in
Members of the panel:
Mr. Ved Parkash Gupta,
General Secretary, Punjab Human Rights Committee.

Mr. Balwinder Singh Bhullar,
Social Worker

Mr. Sukhjit Singh (Neena),
Farmer

Released on 30.9.06

July 19, 2008

Kashmir Voilence Update

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Kashmir Voilence Update

9 Indian soldiers killed, 16 injured

Srinagar, July 19 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, nine Indian soldiers were killed and 16 others were injured on Saturday at Narbal on Srinagar-Baramulla Highway. The incident occurred when an army vehicle drove over a land mine in the area.

Troops martyr one innocent Kashmiri youth

Kashmiris’ pledge to continue struggle reaffirmed

Srinagar, July 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one innocent Kashmiri youth during a military operation at Arin in Bandipore.

A ember of Indian Army sponsored Village Defence Committee was killed and two others injured in an attack at Lamban Gath in Udhampur.

Addressing a seminar in Srinagar on the occasion of the Accession of Kashmir with Pakistan Day, today, the speakers including senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, Mian Abdul Qayoom and Z G Muhammad pointed out that India’s strategy to suppress Kashmiris indigenous movement by force had failed. They urged India to accept the ground realities and take concrete steps to resolve the conflict over Kashmir, once and for all. A resolution passed at the end of the seminar maintained that the people of Kashmir would continue marching towards the destiny, marked by them on this day in 1947.

The President of Kashmir Bar Association, Nazir Ahmad Ronga in a statement in Srinagar welcomed the recent resolution unanimously passed by the European Parliament in Strasburg about the discovery of unnamed mass graves in occupied Kashmir. He appreciated the European Parliament’s role in raising the issue of human rights violations in the occupied territory.

Troops martyr one innocent Kashmiri youth

Srinagar, July 19 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one innocent Kashmir youth in Bandipore district.

Personnel of 14-Rashtriya Rifles killed the youth during a military operation at Arin in the district. Unidentified gunmen killed in an attack a Village Defence Committee member and injured two others at Lamban Gath in Udhampur.

Meanwhile, the District Magistrate, Kupwara has imposed ban on assemble of more than two people in Kupwara district.

Troops martyr three more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, July 17 (KMS) In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred three innocent youth in Bhaderwah town.

The personnel of 4-Rashtriya Rifles shot dead the youth during military operation at Dhak Mohalla in the town. Unidentified gunmen kidnapped and killed Ghulam Mohammad at Ludna in Doda.

Troop mercilessly beat up without any reason Hilal Ahmad Khan at Soura in Srinagar and Farooq Ahmed at Warpora in Sopore while Village Defence Committee members and Hindu extremists jointly beat up ruthlessly Mushtaq Ahmad with gun butts in Bhaderwah.

Meanwhile, police personnel abused and roughed up media persons and tried to prevent them from performing their professional duties during the operation at Warpora in Sopore on Wednesday. They warned the media persons including photo and video journalists against taking the shots in which they were seen beating the protesters, including women by troops during protest against Indian state terrorism. The President of the Photographers Association, Farooq Javed, said that the policemen had prevented them from discharging their professional duties when they were covering the protests in Sopore.

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Troops martyr 2 innocent Kashmiri youth in Sopore

Srinagar, July 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two innocent Kashmiris, whose dead bodies were recovered from the debris of two residential houses destroyed by the troops at Warpora in Sopore.

Earlier a trooper was killed and thirteen others including an officer were injured in an attack in the same area.

Meanwhile, an Lt Col of 16 corps died after being washed away by flash floods in Nagrota area of Jammu district.

On the other hand, a court in Indian state of Tamil Nadu has sentenced an innocent Kashmiri youth to life imprisonment in a fake case against him. The youth was arrested by Indian police in 2007.

103 Indian troops commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, July 15 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, an Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in an army camp in Jammu taking the death toll of such killings among the troops to 103 since January 2007.

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped and later shot dead a Village Defence Committee member in Kishtwar. Scores of people including elderly men and women were injured when Indian troops resorted to brute force at Loha Chak in Doda.

Special Police Officer killed, 2 injured in Doda attack

Srinagar: July 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a Special Police Officer was killed and two others critically injured in a grenade attack in Doda town, today.

The grenade exploded inside the complex of district police lines in the town. The critically injured personnel were taken to a hospital in Doda, where their condition was stated to be serious.

APHC-AJK pays tributes to Kashmiri martyrs

Islamabad, July 13 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chapter held a seminar in Islamabad on the Kashmir Martyrs Day to pay tributes to the martyrs of 1931.

The acting President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Shah Ghulam Qadir and Kashmiri leader, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani were the chief guests of the function, which was presided over by the Convenor of APHC-AJK Chapter, Syed Yousuf Naseem.

It was on this day in 1931 that the Dogra troops shot dead 22 innocent Kashmiris one after other in front of Srinagar Central Jail who were later buried at Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar.

The speakers pledged to continue the liberation struggle till the goal of freedom was achieved. They maintained that the martyrs of 1931 had inspired people of occupied territory to fight for their freedom and live with their heads up. The speakers urged India to give up its traditional intransigence and adopt a realistic approach towards the resolution of Kashmir dispute. They also underlined the need to involve Kashmiris in the dialogue process between Pakistan and India to find an amicable solution of the dispute.

Kashmiris proud of their martyrs

Srinagar, July 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the relatives of the six Kashmiris, martyred during the recent massive protests against the land transfer order, have said that Kashmiris are proud of the sacrifices of their loved ones.

Talking to a local daily in Srinagar, the relatives maintained that the sacrifices did not go waste as the order of transferring Kashmiris land to non-Kashmiris was revoked.

“I lost my dear son and I miss him a lot. But I am sure that his sacrifice made me proud of him,” said Shahzada, the mother of Sammer Ahmad Batloo of Karfali Mohalla in Srinagar. Her views were endorsed by 70-year old Begum Rahti of Budgam, who lost her husband, Abdul Gani Sheikh. “My husband’s sacrifice bore fruits immediately after he was killed” “We are extremely grateful to people who expressed solidarity with us,” she added.

Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din, whose brother Farooq Ahmad Rather was killed, said, “I am sure the sacrifices rendered by the people of Kashmir will lead us to freedom.” Fifty-year-old, Habibullah Mandroo, whose son Imtiyaz Ahmad lost his life, thanked the people of Kashmir for supporting the family after his death. “We lost hundreds of lives in the past 18 years and my son is one amongst them. What else should make me prouder than this?” he said, bursting into tears.

Kashmiris pay tributes to 1931 martyrs

Srinagar, July 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, on the eve of Kashmir Martyrs Day, Kashmiri liberation leaders, paying rich tributes to the martyrs of 1931, have reaffirmed Kashmiris pledge to continue the struggle for their right to self-determination.

The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shaikh Abdul Aziz, Bilal Ghani Lone, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Yasmeen Raja, Zaffar Akbar Butt, Javed Ahmad Mir, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Muhammed Ashraf Sehrai and Farida Bahanji in their separate statements in Srinagar maintained that Kashmiris stood up against Dogra rule on July 13, 1931, and laid their lives for the freedom of their homeland. They added that the sacrifices of these martyrs would never be forgotten by the people of the occupied territory. The leaders pointed out that the people of Jammu and Kashmir could not achieve any sort of progress and prosperity till the Kashmir dispute was resolved in accordance with Kashmiris’ aspirations.

22 innocent Kashmiris were shot dead, one after the other, by the troops of Dogra Maharaja on July 13, 1931, in front of Srinagar Central Jail who were later buried at Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar.

The Executive Director of Kashmir Centre London, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl and Vice President of World Kashmir Freedom Movement, Nazir Ahmed Qureshi in their separate statements in London also paid tributes to the 1931 martyrs. They said that the Kashmiris’ liberation struggle would continue till they achieve their goal of freedom.

IHK rights panel recommends relief to kin of 4 killed in custody

Srinagar, July 10 (KMS): The Human Rights Commission of occupied Kashmir recommended relief of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of four persons killed in custody in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

The commission ordered the puppet authorities after the complaint was filed by the widows of three victims of Indian state terrorism, Sakina Bi, Gulzar Bi and Shamim Akhter, against troops who arrested their husbands from Dehri Dabsi in Poonch district in June 2002 and killed them in custody.

The acting Chairperson of the Commission Habibullah Butt said, “The case has been already established and it is solicited to the puppet regime of Jammu and Kashmir that required steps may be taken for ensuring their (accused) successful prosecution before a court of law.”

In another case, the commission held four police personnel guilty of killing a civilian, Showket Ali in custody and asked the puppet administration to register a case of murder against the cops. The commission said, “A case of murder should be registered against the policemen and they should be prosecuted for the custodial death of Showket Ali.”

Shaikh Aziz concerned about HR violations in IHK

sit-in against custodial disappearances in Srinagar

Srinagar, July 10 (KMS): Senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shaikh Abdul Aziz has warned the international community that the human rights violations by Indian troops have turned occupied Kashmir into one of the most dangerous places of the world.

The APHC leader was addressing a condolence meeting in Tangmarg, where the troops had martyred a civilian, yesterday. Shaikh Abdul Aziz deplored that Indian police and troops were harassing in vengeance the people of Kashmir for participating in the recent protests, which resulted in the revocation of the order of transferring Kashmiris’ land to non-Kashmiris. The meeting was also addressed by another APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan.

In Srinagar, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons staged a silent sit-in at Pratap Park to draw world attention towards the enforced disappearance of thousands of Kashmiris by Indian troops since 1989. Talking to mediamen, leaders of the Association said that they had planed to launch massive protests to put pressure on India to reveal the whereabouts of those disappeared in custody.

Hundreds of the students of Kashmir University continued their hunger strike for the second consecutive day, today, against harassment by Indian troops of the student community. They also protested against the arrest of their fellow students.

A trooper was killed and another police personnel injured in an attack at Kralgund in Handwara.

Registration of case against IHK police sought

Srinagar, July 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the acting Chairperson of the so-called State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), Habibullah Butt has sought registration of a murder case against a Station House Officer (SHO), a police investigation officer and two police constables in a custodial killing case of 27 years old youth.

Showkat Ali, a resident of Rajouri was arrested by police from his home on February 13, 2007 on fakecharges. He was lodged in police station Rajouri where he collapsed after being subjected to severe torture by the police.

Acting on the petition filed by the family of the deceased, the Commission ordered an enquiry on February 19, 2007 with respect to the custodial death of Showkat.

The SHRC judgement reads, “The Commission is satisfied that Showkat had died in the custody of police.” It added that a case of murder should be registered against the police officials involved in the killing and they should be prosecuted for the custodial death. The Commission also recommended that Rs 2 lakh should be paid as compensation to next of kin of the deceased.

APHC to observe July 13 as Youm-e-Istaqlal

Indian troops martyr 4 innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, July 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, today, announced to observe July 13, the Kashmir Martyrs Day, as youm-e-Istaqlal, to reaffirm Kashmiris’ resolve to continue the struggle for their right to self-determination.

The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the APHC Executive Council held in Srinagar, which was presided over by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. The APHC Chairman appealed to the people of the territory to assemble in large number on July 13 at Naqashband Sahib where martyrs of 1931 are buried.

Meanwhile, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred four innocent Kashmiri youth, two of them in Lolab area of Kupwara and one each at Shokbaba in Bandipora and Kunzar in Tangmarg.  Forceful anti-India protest demonstration was held in Kunzar against the killing.  A 60-yr old shopkeeper was injured in a grenade blast at Saraf Kadal in Srinagar.

An Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon inside an army camp at Darmund in Ramban and a police personnel committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance at Kangan in Ganderbal. This has brought the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 102 since January 2007.

Indian Army Major killed Kashmiri labourer

Srinagar, July 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a trooper and an Indian agent arrested by police in the fake encounter killing of 22-year-old labourer, Muhammad Ashraf Sheikh of Larnoo Kokernag in Islamabad revealed before the court that Indian army Major killed the labourer.

The trooper, Tahir Pathan of 3 JAKLI and Indian agent, Reyaz Ahmad Cheechi, told the Sessions Judge in Bandipore during the hearing of the case that army Major of 3 JAKLI was involved in the killing.

Pathan told the judge that he did not kill Ashraf, but was present on the spot when he was killed. Cheechi also pleaded that he was not involved in Ashraf’s killing. “I picked up Ashraf from Dalgate in Srinagar but did not kill him. He was killed by the Major,” he told the judge.

Muhammad Ashraf was killed at Brar Bandipore on June 3 after he went missing from his rented room in Dalgate. His family members looked for him everywhere but to no avail. A missing report was also lodged in police station Dalgate.

After 18 days, the family learnt that Ashraf had been killed in a fake encounter in Bandipore. The body, according to police, was handed over to them by 3 JAKLI saying that they had recovered it from a nearby forest. The family sought permission for exhumation of the body buried in a graveyard at Aarigam in Bandipore. On the instructions of District Magistrate Bandipora, police exhumed Ashraf’s body on June 23. The DNA test of Nazeer Ahmed Sheikh, brother of the deceased, was matched and it was confirmed that the dead body was of Muhammad Ashraf Sheikh.

Troops martyr two innocent Kashmiris

102 troops commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, July 9 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two innocent Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district.

Personnel of 28-Rashtriya Rifles during violent military operation killed the youth at Sumriyal in Lolab area of the district, while a 60-yr old shopkeeper was injured in a grenade blast at Saraf Kadal in Srinagar.

A trooper of Delta Signal Regiment committed suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon inside an army camp at Darmund in Ramban and a police personnel committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Kangan in Ganderbal. This has brought the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 102 since January 2007.

Meanwhile, the Srinagar High Court quashed the detention orders of three innocent detainees Khurshid Ahmad Itoo, Nisar Ahmad Parray and Mohammad Iqbal Wani who were illegally arrested by troops under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) last year. After hearing the arguments of the counsels of both the detainees, the Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir quashed the detention orders and directed the puppet authorities to release the detainees forthwith.

Complete shutdown in occupied Kashmir today

Resistance against Indian occupation to continue

Srinagar, July 05 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, normal life came to a standstill today, due to complete strike in protest against the attack on the life of senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah by Indian troops yesterday in Srinagar and destruction of Muslims’ properties in Jammu by Hindu extremists.

Call for the strike was given by the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, which was supported by the Kashmir Bar Association. All business centres, educational institutions, government and semi-government offices remained closed and traffic was off the road.

Meanwhile, a young boy succumbed to his injuries after being critically injured by Indian police firing at Nowhatta in Srinagar, the other day. A large number of people participated in his funeral at Mazar-e-Shuda in Eidhgah. Later, shouting full-throated pro-liberation and anti-India slogans, people marched from Mazar-e-Shuda to Nawab bazaar.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq visited Nawab Bazaar to pay homage to the martyred youth. Addressing a public gathering on the occasion, the APHC Chairman condemned the continued Indian state terrorism and said that the people of Kashmir would continue their struggle, despite all odds. He also visited Soura hospital in Srinagar to inquire about the health of Shabbir Ahmed Shah.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik while visiting the residence of the martyred youth said that India could not suppress the genuine voice of Kashmiris through its military might.

On the other hand, eyewitnesses while talking to mediamen said that the Deputy Inspector General of Indian Centre Reserve Police Force was clearly heard ordering his sub-ordinates to shoot Shabbir Ahmed Shah while he was leading a big procession. It was this moment that tear gas shells were fired aiming at him and he was beaten with batons and gun butts.

Indian troops martyr two more innocent youth

Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred another innocent youth at Phulel in Doda.

Syed Ali Gilani continued to remain under house arrest for the third consecutive day today, to prevent him from leading protest demonstrations.

Hindu fanatics continued their attacks on Muslims’ properties in different parts of Jammu region. The Muslims from held valley on their way from Srinagar to Jammu and different parts of India are being stopped at various places in Jammu and being beaten up mercilessly and looted by Hindu hooligans.

Two more innocent Kashmiris martyred, 5 troops killed

Srinagar, July 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth at two different places, today.

Troops during siege and search operations killed one youth each at Waghama in Pulwama and Pathri Behak in Kupwara. Earlier five troops including two officers were killed in an attack in Pathri Behak area.

Shabbir Shah critically injured in troops’ attack

Demonstrators subjected to brute force in IHK

Srinagar, July 04 (KMS): In Srinagar, senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah was critically injured when Indian troops made an attack on his life while he was leading a big procession outside Dargah Hazratbal, today.

Shabbir Ahmed Shah was immediately rushed to Soura Hospital for treatment. The troops subjected to brute force thousands of demonstrators outside the Dargah and injured dozens of people after resorting to firing, tear gas shelling and heavy lathi charge. APHC leaders Yasmeen Raja and Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai were among those injured. The troops arrested hundreds of people during the clashes, which continued for several hours.

KASHMIRIS MASSIVELY CONVERGE ON HAZRATBAL
Earlier, hundreds of thousands of people converged on Dargah Hazratbal in response to the appeal of the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani to express Kashmiris’ unity to secure their right to self-determination.

The two leaders could not address the gathering as the occupation authorities had put them under house arrest. However, APHC leaders Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Shaikh Abdul Aziz and Nayeem Ahmed Khan, addressing the gathering reaffirmed Kashmiris’ resolve to continue the liberation struggle with complete harmony till it reaches its logical end. They appealed India to read writing on the wall and withdraw its troops from the occupied territory. Their speeches were punctuated with high-pitched slogans like ‘Jeeve Jeeve Pakistan’ and ‘We want freedom’.

A separate procession from Jamia Masjid to Hazratbal was led by Mushtaq-ul-Islam and other Hurriyet leaders, which was subjected to brute force by the troops at Alamgiri Bazaar.

Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth, one each at Waghama in Pulwama and Pathri Behak in Kupwara. Earlier five troops including two officers were killed in an attack in the same area of Kupwara.

Over 3600 unmarked graves found in Poonch, Rajouri districts

Srinagar, July 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference has found more than 3600 unmarked graves in 188 graveyards in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu region.

While addressing a press conference, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference leader, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, said that 2503 unmarked graves were found in Surankote, Mendhar, Haveli, and Mandi tehsils of Poonch district, and 1162 graves in Rajouri, Thanamandi, Darhal, Sunderbani, Nowshera, Kalakote, and Budhal tehsils of Rajouri district.

“The survey of the graveyards was carried out from April 5 to May 15, and only after the investigation these results have been made public,” Mir said. The team is presently surveying unmarked graves in Gool Gulabgarh, Mahore, Reasi, Ram Nagar, Kathua, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar and Baderwah areas.

The Hurriyet leader said that the number of graves could be more, as it was difficult to conduct surveys in the areas in the vicinity of army camps.  “We couldn’t cover at least 20 to 25 percent areas in the two districts. Hence the number may increase if the unidentified graves in the areas left out in the survey are added to the total number,” he added.

The team, however, has been able to locate 300 unmarked graves inside an Indian army camp in Topi Marhote area of Surankote Tehsil in Poonch.

The issue of unmarked graves sparked widespread demonstrations in various parts of the Valley in March this year when the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) discovered nearly 1000 unmarked graves in Uri area of Baramulla district, the place with high concentration of Indian troops.

The APDP had published its findings in a report “Facts Underground” featuring the details of the areas and the photographs of these unmarked and mass graves. International human rights organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch had expressed concern over the discovery of these unmarked graves.

Indian troops martyr 13 innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, July 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred thirteen innocent Kashmiri youth at different places in Kupwara district.

Indian troops of 20 Rashtriya Rifles and 16 JAT Battalion during violent military operation killed eight Kashmiri youth at Nasthachun pass in Kupwara and five at Bari Behak, on Kupwara-Tangdar Road. The operation was going on till last reports came in.

19 persons including an Indian Central Reserve Police Force and a Special Operation Group personnel were injured in a grenade blast near Seri Bazar in Bhadarwah town.

Troops martyr 7 more Kashmiris

Gilani calls for March on Friday

Srinagar, July 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred seven more innocent Kashmiri youth in Karnah area of Kupwara. Earlier, a Junior Commissioned Officer of Indian army was killed in an attack in the same area.

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, today, senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has given a call for Dargah Hazrat Bal march on Friday to pay tributes to the martyrs and express gratitude for the success of the protests against land transfer, which resulted in the revocation of the order. He termed the cancellation of the land transfer order as the people’s victory.

Syed Ali Gilani maintained that India would not succeed in suppressing Kashmiris’ just struggle by resorting to brute force.

Meanwhile, Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel barged into the house and mercilessly beat up and critically injured two persons at Kakar Hamam in Baramulla.

Indian troops martyr 5 more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, July 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred five more innocent Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district.

The troops martyred the youth at Roshni Post in Karnah area of the district.

Indian troops martyr 54 Kashmiris in June

Islamabad, July 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism martyred 54 innocent Kashmiris including a child, in the last month of June.

According to the data, compiled by Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, the total of Kashmiris martyred included 6 killed in custody.

Six youth went missing in custody, 203 were arrested and 1003 persons were injured as a result of troops’ use of brute force against the people.

The troops also molested 37, widowed 5 women and destroyed 7 residential houses. The killings by the troops rendered 10 children orphaned during the month

Troops martyr two more innocent Kashmiri youth

Troops barged into houses, abuses women in Srinagar

Srinagar, June 30  (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent youth at two different places.

Indian troops of 24-Rashtriya Rifles during crackdown operation killed one youth at Kachpathir Mamar in Kangan and another youth Imtiyaz Ahmad Mandoo was martyred by Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel with indiscriminate firing at Bemina in Srinagar. Troops assaulted senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, at Bemina, where he had gone to join the funeral prayers of the Indian state terrorism’s victim.

Indian Central Reserve Police Force troopers thrashed every passer-by, including children and detained many youth in Srinagar and Baramulla districts.

Indian troopers barged into residential houses, fired tear smoke shells and thrashed the inmates, including women and children at Nowshera in Srinagar while 78 persons were beat up in Srinagar, Baramulla, Pulwama and Islamabad districts. The troopers beat up and critically injured a reporter of London-based journal, Kashmir Affairs, SF Ahmed and destroyed his videotapes at Sanat Nagar in the city.

Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel barged into the houses and abused women at Shaheed Gunj, Habba Kadal and adjoining areas of Srinagar city.  An elderly person, Ghulam Ahmad of Shaheed Gunj said, “After the protest demonstrations, the CRPF personnel barged into our houses and misbehaved with the women. They abused our mothers and sisters. By resorting to such acts, they want to prevent us from participating in protests against the transfer of Kashmiris’ land to non-Kashmiris’ ”. A woman of Shaheed Gunj said that the paramilitary personnel abused her and her daughter. The residents said that “We will not stop our agitation and neither will tolerate abuse of our sisters, daughter and mothers”.

The residents of Haba-Kadal said that the troopers have vandalized more than 100 vehicles parked in the area. They accused the para-military personnel of also causing damage to houses. A pharmacist told media men that the CRPF personnel visited his medical shop and took medicine. “They left without paying for the medicines. When I asked them about the payment they warned me that if I demand money from them they would beat me and damage my shop. Fearing for my life, I decided against asking payment from them”. The residents of the area pointing towards the broken glass-panes of the houses said that these were damaged by the Indian troops, who hurled stones and bricks towards the houses. “After every protest demonstration, the CRPF personnel throw stones towards the houses, damaging the window panes”, they added.

“The troops forced their entry into our houses and beat up the inmates including females”, said Ishfaq Ahmad a residents of Safa-Kadal.

Use of brute force against civilians denounced in IHK

Srinagar, June 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, pro-liberation leaders and organizations have strongly condemned the indiscriminate use of force by occupation forces against the peaceful protestors, killing and injuring several innocents.

Senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC), Maulana Abbas Ansari said that such repressive steps by India and its agents in the occupied territory could not break the peoples’ valour and determination to fight for the freedom of their homeland. He also denounced the house arrest of liberation leaders including senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and Mushtaq-ul-Islam.

Another APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi paid rich tributes to the three youth who got martyred at various places due to troops’ indiscriminate firing. He said that nobody would be allowed to change the majority of occupied Kashmir into minority.

Jamaat-e-Islami termed such acts as undemocratic and anti-people. It prayed for the peace of martyred souls and expressed solidarity with their families. It also condemned the arrest of the Jamiat-e-Ahlihadees President, Maulana Showkat Ahmad shah and other liberation leaders.

The President of High Court Bar Association (HCBA), Nazir Ahmed Ronga in a statement described the killing of youth and use of force against the protesters as state terrorism and said the puppet chief minister was accountable for each killing and injury.

Paying homage to the martyred youth, Hurriyet leader, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani said that blood of martyrs would not be allowed to go waste. He pointed out that resentment and hatred against India amongst Kashmiris had increased as was being demonstrated by the people during the past four days, adding that Kashmiris would continue to resist the Indian occupation till the goal of freedom was achieved.

Anti-India demos continue in occupied Kashmir

Thousands participate processions in Srinagar

Srinagar, June 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, all major cities and towns including Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama and Shopian were rocked on the fourth consecutive day, today, due to massive anti-India and pro-liberation demonstrations.

The public agitation against Indian state terrorism, its continued illegal occupation of the territory and the unlawful transfer of land to non-Kashmiris has spilled across the held valley, bringing normal life to a completed standstill. All business establishments, educational institutions, courts and banks remained closed and transport was off the road.

The troops while chasing an angry mob at Mazhama in Magam barged into a house and killed in cold blood an innocent 18-year old student. Another 17-year old boy got martyred when the troops opened fire to disperse a procession at Fateh Kadal in Srinagar.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Mohammad Yasin Malik led a procession, participated by thousands of people, from Budshah Chowk to Dalgate, covering a distance of 18 kilometers. During the march full-throated anti-India slogans reverberated the interior localities of Srinagar. The troops subjected the procession to brute force injuring dozens of youth including JKLF leaders, Showket Ahmad Bakhshi and Noor Mohammad Kalwal. Earlier, the JKLF Chairman staged a sit-in at Budshah Chowk. A similar procession was led by APHC leader, Yasmin Raja in Pampore.

Senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani and APHC leader Shabbir Ahmad Shah continued to remain under house arrest and the occupation authorities prevented them from leading anti-India processions. The APHC office in Rajbagh was besieged by the troops and Hurriyet leader, Shaikh Abdul Aziz and Nayeem Ahmad Khan were not allowed to come out of it.

The demonstrators fought pitched battles with the troops at various places and the protesters were subjected to indiscriminate firing, heavy lathi charge and excessive teargas shelling in Srinagar and Budgam. The troops entered into the houses of the civilian at Nowhatta, Nawakadal, Jamalatta, Lal Bazar, Habba Kadal, Parimpora and Aali Kadal in Srinagar subjecting inmates to severe torture and women to molestation.

Indian troopers involved in fake encounter killing

Srinagar, June 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, police investigations in a fake encounter killing have revealed that Indian troops are involved in the murder of a labourer from Larnoo Kokernag in Islamabad.

The victim, Muhammad Ashraf Sheikh was arrested by unidentified gunmen on June 3, 2008 from his rented room at Dalgate in Srinagar and was later killed on the same day at Brar in Bandipora.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr B Srinivas while talking to mediamen said that one among the two persons arrested in Bandipora fake encounter case is a trooper of 3 JAKLI while other is an Indian agent. The army has also confirmed that one of their troopers has been arrested by police in connection with the killing.

Police in its preliminary investigation said that the trooper has confessed before enquiry officer that Muhammad Ashraf Sheikh was killed on the outskirts of Brar village of Bandipora by the troopers of 3 JAKLI led by Major Devinder Telhan.

During the interrogation, police investigation officer said that the trooper revealed that Commanding Officer of 3-JAKLI, Colonel Balaji had given him Rs 1lakh and asked him to kill at least one Mujahid as the performance of the unit had been remarkably dull for last few weeks. Police is now investigating the role of commanding officer 3 JAKLI and Major Devinder Telhan.

Troops martyr two young Kashmiri boys in IHK

Srinagar, June 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two young Kashmiri boys at two different places.

Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel and Special Operations Group barged into the house and killed a 12th class student, Farooq Ahmed Rather, who was sitting next to a window in his house at Mazhama in Budgam while a 17-year-old Sameer Ahmad Batloo was killed by an indiscriminate firing of Indian Central Reserve Police Force on a mob at Tashwan in central Srinagar.

The killings triggered massive demonstrations with thousands of people taking to streets in Srinagar and Budgam areas against Indian state terrorism. The protestors shouted pro-liberation and anti-India slogans.

Indian troops shot at and beat up at least 200 people in Srinagar, Ganderbal, Budgam, Pulwama and Sopore areas during protests against the transfer of Kashmiris’ land to non-Kashmiris’. Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel barged into residential houses and beat up inmates and ransacked house goods at Zoonimar, Nowhatta, Nawakadal, Jamalatta, Lal Bazar, Habba Kadal, Parimpora, Shikargah and Aali Kadal in Srinagar and Duderhama in Ganderbal.

CRPF troops barged into residential houses and molested several women at Nowhatta, Nawakadal, Jamalatta, Lal Bazar, Habba Kadal, Parimpora and Ali Kadal in Srinagar.

Killing of youth by Indian police paralyses life in Srinagar

Protests amid shutdown in Ganderbal against land transfer

Srinagar, June 25 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, protests continued in different parts of Srinagar city as a spontaneous strike against the killing of one person in unprovoked firing by the personnel of Centre Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Monday evening brought normal life to a standstill in Srinagar and Ganderbal.

Dozens of people were injured in widespread clashes as the police used massive force against demonstrators. Monday’s killing took place as the CRPF personnel opened fire on demonstrators in Nauhatta, who were protesting against the transfer of forestland to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

The victim, Feroz Ahmad, hailed from the Haak Bazaar area of Hawal in the lower city. Large number of people in the locality took to the streets on Tuesday morning and burned tyres on the roads after the victim’s body arrived home.

The people poured into the roads in different areas including Nauhatta, Naid Kadal, Bohri Kadal, Rajouri Kadal, Baba Demb, Maisuma, Nawab Bazaar and Gaw Kadal. Shops and business establishments remained closed throughout the city and the transport was off the road. Incidents police brutalities against the protestors were also reported from the Rambagh and Bagh-e-Mahtab localities.

Thousands of people, including a large number of women, took out a peaceful rally from Tawheedabad Chowk to Ganderbal amid a total shut down.  They were protesting against the transfer of forestland to the SASB. The protests took a violent turn when a contingent of police stopped the protesters at Ganderbal Chowk. As the mob resisted, the police resorted to lathi-charge and tear smoke shelling, resulting in injuries to at least 30 persons. The protesters said that after the clashes, the policemen entered nearby residential houses and thrashed the inmates.

Another group of protesters from the Kirhama and Baroosa areas staged a sit-in on the Srinagar-Leh highway and blocked the route by burning tyres on the road. They attacked the police with stones when the latter tried to dislodge them, sparking heavy violence during which the police used cane-charge, tear gas and aerial firing, which resulted in the injury of many protesters. Police also smashed cameras of several photojournalists, while a cameraman was injured while covering the incident. On hearing that one of the injured persons had succumbed to his injuries, the mob went on rampage setting ablaze many vehicles.

Exhumation of fake encounter victim brings grief to IHK village

Srinagar, June 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a pall of gloom and grief gripped the Kokernag village of Islamabad when dead body of a 22-year-old labourer, Muhammad Ashraf Sheikh, reached the area after exhumation.

The exhumation was executed on the orders of district magistrate Bandipora. Sheikh’s family members identified the body, and later brought it to Press Enclave in Srinagar where they protested, demanding an impartial probe. Later the body was taken to Kokernag for the last rites.

Ashraf, a resident of Pehlipora-Drawey in Kokernag had gone missing on June 3, from Dalgate Srinagar and was killed near Brar village in Bandipora the same day by the Indian troops in a fake encounter. Ashraf’s family members, after failing to trace him, submitted a missing report at Nehru Park police Station Srinagar on June 16.

Earlier, the Bandipora police had registered an FIR on June 3 and stated that Sheikh was murdered and the body was handed over to it by 3-Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Division (JAKLI). People in Brar village, stated that troopers of 3 JAKLI brought a youth in a Tata Sumo vehicle and shot him dead. The police, after completing all medico legal formalities, handed over the dead body to Jamia Auqaf Nassu for burial. The investigation of the case was set in motion and statements of witnesses were recorded. However, on June 22, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, brother of the deceased, approached the Police Station Bandipore claiming that it was body of his brother. After which the exhumation of the body was carried.

As soon as Ashraf’s body reached his native village, thousands of people who had gathered to perform last rites shouted anti-India and pro-liberation slogans and demanded stern action against the culprits.

Ashraf belongs to village of Abdul Rehman Padder, a carpenter who was killed in a fake encounter by Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel in December 2006 on the outskirts of Ganderbal district.

Indian troops martyr seven more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, June 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred seven more innocent Kashmiri youth at different places.

Personnel of 12-Assam regiment killed four youth at Trehgam in Kupwara while troops of 31-Rashtriya Riffles shot dead two at Nariwan in Shopian. Another youth was shot dead by Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Chaterhama in Srinagar. Earlier, an Indian army officer was killed and four other personnel injured during an attack in the same area of Srinagar.

A trooper of 16-Dogra Regiment was electrocuted while cutting grass in Sunjwan army ground in Jammu.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of occupied Kashmir has described killing of a youth Qazi Muhammad Yousuf of Theed Harwan as custodial killing by police and recommended stern action against officers and subordinate staff involved in the murder. The victim was arrested on October 29, 2005 and was later killed in Chatterhama on the same night.

Police harassed the family members of the youth when they tried to seek justice. Finally the family approached the Human Rights Commission filing a complaint against the police.

The Commission, citing an FIR registered in police station Zakura as a proof, said that the youth was killed in police custody and rejected the report of the director general of police terming it as false and baseless.

Troops martyr 2 more innocent Kashmiris

98 troops commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, June 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district. The youth were killed by troops during violent military operation at Gagaldara in the district. The operation in the area was still continuing till last reports came in.

Dead body of one 45-year old, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Ganai was recovered from Frisipora in Pulwama.

Meanwhile, a Special Police Officer of Indian army committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Bela colony in Rajouri. This has brought the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 98 since January 2007.

Indian troops martyr twelve innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, June 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred twelve innocent Kashmiri youth at different places.

Troops of 2/8 Gadwal regiment during violent military operations killed eight youth at Salhutri in Mendhar. Three youth were shot dead by personnel of 7-Gadwal regiment at Sonapandi Machil in Kupwara while another by 32 Rashtriya rifles at Khaipora in Baramulla.

A scavenger Ghulam Mohiudin Malik was killed in a bomb explosion at Shaglipora in Budgam and a civilian Mohammad Asgar was injured when a detonator exploded in his hands at Chareel in Reasi.

A trooper of 12-Artillary Brigade was killed in a road mishap in Uri and personnel of Assam regiment was injured in an attack at Shal Batho in Kupwara.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Police have registered a case of molestation against two troopers of 161-battalion Territorial Army and Special Police Officer of 30-Rashtriya Rifles in police station Handwara. The trio Thursday molested a 23-year-old girl when she was grazing her cattle in the nearby area of Nowgam in Handwara.

Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Shopian district.

The dead bodies of martyred youth, Aiyaz Ahmad Shah and Bajeer Kalas were recovered from the debris of residential house destroyed by the troops of 44-Rashtriya Rifles with heavy mortar shelling during siege and search operation at Narpora in the district.

Three civilians including a child and a woman were injured in a grenade blast near Secretariat area of Srinagar.

Meanwhile, the Srinagar Sessions Court asked police authorities to clarify its position on the custodial disappearance of Rafiq Ahmed Sheikh.

Indian army officer among 8 killed in IHK

97 troops commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, June 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, eight Indian troops including a lieutenant colonel were killed in an attack in Kishtwar district. A party of Indian troops was attacked at Watsar in the district in which Lt Col Ajay Kumar Verma, Major SK Singh and Naik Rajinder Singh were among the killed personnel.

A trooper of 59 Rashtriya Rifles committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at Deolmarg in Reasi while a Special Police Officer committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Zengam in Lolab, taking the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 97 since January 2007.

Dead body of a missing civilian, Abdul Hamid Butt was recovered from an orchard at Ram Garh in Kulgam. Twelve people were critically injured in a bomb blast in Baramulla town.

Indian Police arrested eight persons including Shabir Ahmed, Noor Muhammad and Ali Muhammad from Kishtwar and Abdul Qayoom Wani, Haji Bashir Ahmed Butt, Ghulam Hassan Khan, Sheikh Tariq and Farooq Ahmed from different areas of Srinagar.

Troops martyr 1 more innocent Kashmiri youth

Protests in Srinagar, troops resort to force

Srinagar, June 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred one more innocent youth in Pattan town. The youth was killed during a siege and search operation at Sad Mohalla.

Unidentified gunmen barged into a house and killed 42-year-old civilian at Gujjarpatti in Kangan.

Transporters observed complete wheel jam strike for the fourth consecutive day, today, in occupied Kashmir against anti-people policies of the puppet regime. People took to the streets in different areas of Srinagar city and several demonstrators were injured when Indian troops resorted to brute force at Nowhatta.

Liberation leaders condemn transfer of land

In Srinagar, senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani while speaking at a press conference and APHC leader, Bilal Ghani Lone in a media interview strongly denounced the handing over of forestland by the puppet administration to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board. They maintained that India by settling non-Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir was working on a plan to change the majority of the territory into minority. They said that an agitation would be launched against the illegal transfer of the land.

Seven Indian Border Security Force personnel were injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling in over turned at Dungi in Reasi.

Protest against Indian state terrorism in Pulwama

95 Indian troops commit suicide since January 2007

Srinagar, June 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, torture of a family including an 80-year-old civilian by Indian troops triggered massive protests in Pulwma town.

The troops of 44-Rashtriya Rifles of Nittin Dajan camp barged into the house and severely beat up an 80-year-old Ghulam Muhammad Najar, Sajad Ahmad Najar, Shaheena and Raja at Abhama in Keller area of the town. Massive protest demonstration was held against Indian state terrorism. The protesters raised full-throated anti-India and pro-liberation slogans on the occasion.

Hundreds of the tent owners staged protest and blocked the Srinagar-Leh Highway for several hours against the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) for not allowing them to enter Baltal area.  “When we started erecting tents at Baltal, the Hindu Shrine Board authorities headed by the governor Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha raised objections and forced us to leave the place. The SASB is hampering our livelihood by stopping us to erect tents for business as this is our only source of income,” Abdul Gani, a tent owner told mediamen.

Bashir Mir, President Baltal Traders Association said, “We are going to launch agitation against the transfer of Baltal land to the Hindu Shrine Board.”

Meanwhile, 40 people were injured when police personnel resorted to brute force to disperse the agitated employees, who were protesting against anti-people policies of the puppet regime at Shaheed Gunj in Srinagar.

Troops martyr 2 more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, June 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Keran area of Kupwara district. The youth were shot dead in a fake encounter during a crackdown operation.

Hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against Indian troopers’ attempts to molest women in Bandipora town. The angry protesters shouted full-throated anti-India and pro-liberation slogans.

Meanwhile, body of a 58-year old man was recovered from a bus stand in Mendhar town.

Thousands protest against custodial killing in Doda

94 Indian troops commit suicide since January 2007

Srinagar, June 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people, participated including a large number of women, took to the streets in Doda town today in protest against killing of a youth in custody by Indian troops.

The protesters shouted hi-pitched anti-India and pro-liberation slogans. At least 13 persons were injured when an army vehicle deliberately hit a passenger van at Langate in Handwara.

An Indian trooper committed suicide by hanging himself inside an army camp at Malpur Kanachak in Jammu, taking the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 94 since January 2007.

Addressing a function in Srinagar today, senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Shah deplored that Indian rulers had been disgracing people’s sacred places and harming their religious sentiments to suppress their genuine aspirations. The function was organised by the Kashmir Sikh Students Federation to mark the 24th anniversary of the Blue Star Operation, which resulted in the demolition of Golden Temple in Amritsar.

A senior advocate of Mumbai High Court, Dhairyasheel Patil and a prominent Kashmiri intellectual, Dr Sheikh Shaukat Hussain, addressing a gathering at Kashmir University in Srinagar maintained that Kashmir was a political issue, which could be resolved by providing the people of Kashmir with their basic right to self-determination. The student leaders on the occasion said that Kashmiris’ sacrifices were meant to liberate their homeland from Indian subjugation.

Troops martyr nine more innocent Kashmiri youth in IHK

Srinagar, June 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred nine more innocent Kashmiri youth at different places.

Of those martyred, three youth each were shot dead by the troops in Keran area of Kupwara and Peer Gali in Rajouri while two at Sarpathri in Shopian. The troops also martyred a 33-year-old youth in a fake encounter at Brar in Bandipora.

Troops martyr two more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, June 03 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of stat terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Bandipore. Troops of 57-Rashtriya Rifles during military operation killed two youth and destroyed two-storied house of one Muhammad Subhan Dar with heavy mortar shelling at Dar Mohalla in Bandipore.

During siege and search operations troops of 32-Rashtriya Rifles destroyed a house of Abdul Ahad Butt with heavy mortar shelling at Watergam in Rafiabad while personnel of 30-Rashtriya Rifles damaged a shrine at Chottipora in Handwara.

At least 40 employees were injured when police personnel resorted to brute force to disperse hundreds employees who were protesting against puppet regime’s anti-people policies in Srinagar.

Two Special Task Force personnel were killed and two others injured when their vehicle was damaged in a landmine blast at Barkote in Handwara.

An Indian trooper of Border Security Force committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance inside his camp in North Kashmir, taking the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 92 since January 2007.

Troops martyr four more innocent Kashmiris

Protest demons against Indian state terrorism

Srinagar, June 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred four more innocent Kashmiri youth at two different places. Of those martyred, two youth were shot dead at Chuntipora village in Handwara while two others at Watergam in Baramulla.

Thousands of people, shouting anti-India and pro-liberation slogans, took to the streets to protest against the killings in Watargam.

At least 30 people including many women were injured when Indian police personnel resorted to brute force to disperse hundreds of people protesting against puppet regime’s anti-people policies at Khushpora area of Rafiabad. Another protest demonstration was held at Pakherpora area of Pulwama against the thrashing of a doctor by the police.

91 troopers commit suicide since January 2007
An Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at an Army Camp in Pargwal area of Jammu taking the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 91 since January 2007.

On the other hand, senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has been put under house arrest, at his residence in Srinagar, to prevent him from attending the All India Convention of Minorities, scheduled to be held in Amritsar on Wednesday.

APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah addressing public gatherings at different places in Jammu region said that human rights violations in the occupied territory continued unabated despite Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh’s promise of zero tolerance against such abuses.

Protesters subjected to brute force in IHK

91 troopers commit suicide since January 2007

Srinagar, June 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, at least 30 people including women were injured and three girls fainted when Indian police personnel resorted to brute force to disperse hundreds of people protesting against puppet regime’s anti-people policies at Khushpora area of Rafiabad.

The police fired dozens of teargas shells and resorted to heavy baton charge to disperse the demonstrators. The protestors also raised high-pitched slogans against the puppet regime.

Protest demonstration was also held at Pakherpora area of Pulwama against the thrashing of one doctor, Showkat Rashid by the police.

The personnel of Special Operations Group (SOG) and 23 Punjab Battalion of Indian army arrested an innocent youth, Mushtaq Ahmad Khan from his residence in the Chak-Arsalankhan area of Bandipora.

Meanwhile, an Indian trooper, Haveldar Jaspal Singh of 14 Sikh Light Infantry, committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at an Army Camp in Pargwal area of Jammu taking the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 91 since January 2007.

Indian troops martyr 30 Kashmiris in may

Islamabad, June 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism martyred 30 Kashmiris including a woman and a child, in the outgoing month of May.According to the data, compiled by Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, the total of Kashmiris martyred included two killed in custody.

Three youth went missing in custody, 64 were arrested and 146 persons were injured as a result of troops’ use of brute force against the people.

Three women were disgraced or misbehaved, 3 got widowed and 5 children were orphaned during the month.

Three residential houses were also damaged by the troops with heavy mortar shelling during siege and search operations.

3 including woman martyred in occupied Kashmir

89 Indian troops commit suicide since January 2007

Srinagar, May 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred three more innocent Kashmiris including a woman at two different places.

Of those martyred, dead bodies of a husband and wife were recovered from the debris of a residential house destroyed by the troops with heavy mortar shelling at Khandipura in Doda. Another youth was shot dead in Haihama area of Kupwara.

Talking to mediamen in Srinagar, senior APHC leader, Shaikh Abdul Aziz strongly condemned the killings and deplored stepped up Indian state terrorism. He appreciated Amnesty International’s recent report calling for an impartial and immediate probe into the discovery of unnamed mass graves. The APHC leader appealed to the international community to exert pressure on India to stop human rights violations in the occupied territory.

On the other hand, an Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle inside an army camp in Rajouri town, taking the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 89 since January 2007. A trooper was injured in an attack in Keran.

Troops martyr one more innocent youth

Srinagar, May 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred one more innocent youth during siege and search operation at Haihama in Kupwara.

Unidentified gunmen abducted and tortured 18-year-old Nisar Ahmad Mir at Wagoora in Pattan.

Police personnel used batons and tear gas shells against Kashmir University students who were protesting against the forced evacuation of students from campus hostels before the visit of Indian President in the University.

The acting President of the Kashmir University students Union (KUSU), Saqib Amin and the president of Kashmir University Research Scholars Association (KURSA), Parvaiz Ahmed Butt in their separate statements condemned the evacuation of students from the hostels and the police action against agitating students.

Over 30 houses were damaged due to blasts that were executed by the puppet authorities engaged in the construction of a railway line at Banihal in Ramban district on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway.  Residents staged protest demonstrations against the puppet regime’s anti-people policies.

A Junior Commissioned Officer  (JCO) of 8th KLI unit died and seven others including another JCO injured after the vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell in a deep gorge at Faskin on Srinagar-Jammu high way. A trooper was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a rented accommodation at Subash Nagar in Jammu.

The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society staged a silent sit-in at Municipal Park in Srinagar today urging international organisations to impress upon India to disclose the whereabouts of disappeared persons.

Troops martyr one more innocent Kashmiri youth

Students boycott Indian President’s function

Srinagar, May 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more innocent youth in Bari area of Doda district. Dead body of one youth each was recovered from Charwari in Ramban and Charsoo in Awantipora.

In Srinagar, the students of Kashmir University boycotted the function addressed by the visiting Indian President, Pratibha Patil in the campus today. The function was organised to inaugurate a new faculty, the Kashmir Study Centre. The student leaders told mediamen that the Indian President’s visit to the occupied territory had no justification as the occupation troops were engaged in violating Kashmiris’ basic human rights.

The students held a separate demonstration in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar to protest against the anti-people policies of the puppet regime. Several areas in Srinagar city remained in military siege today to prevent demonstrations on the occasion of Indian President’s visit. A protest march is scheduled to be staged tomorrow in Kashmir University campus against Indian state terrorism.

Troops’ vehicle crushes 70-year-old man to death in IHK

Srinagar/Jammu, May 25 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a fast moving army vehicle deliberately crushed to death a 70-year-old civilian, Habibullah, in Ramban town.

The killing triggered a forceful anti-India demonstration in the town.

Dead body of one each civilian was recovered from Trigam Nallah in Banihal and Iran De Khetra in Rajouri.

Complete strike in occupied Kashmir tomorrow

Indian troops martyr 2 more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, May 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete strike will be observed, tomorrow, on the occasion of Indian President, Pratibha Patil’s visit to the territory.

The Indian President arrived in Srinagar today, amid unprecedented high security.

Call for the strike has been given by senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani. All government and semi government offices, educational institutions, banks and business establishments will remain closed. The strike is intended to convey the message to the world that Kashmiri people did not accept Indian occupation despite stepped-up state terrorism.

Meanwhile, Indian troops martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth one each at Marmat area of Doda and Kori Hill in Rajouri. Forceful anti-India and pro-liberation protest demonstrations were held in the areas. Senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah while talking to mediamen in Srinagar strongly condemned killings of the youth.

Two Indian troops were killed when their vehicle skidded off the road and fell into River Chenab on Srinagar-Jammu Highway.

Indian troops martyr innocent youth in IHK

Srinagar, May 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred an innocent youth in Rajouri district, today. Troops killed the civilian Mohammad Lateef of Kandi during crackdown operation at Neela-Doke in the district.

People staged a forceful anti-India demonstration against Indian state terrorism at Wanigam Haiderbaigh in Pattan.

Meanwhile, an Indian trooper Naik Sukhdev Singh of 18 Jammu and Kashmir rifles was critically injured in a landmine explosion at Dabal post in Rajouri.

88 Indian troops commit suicide since January 2007

Srinagar, May 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in Islamabad district.
Suresh Chander of Rashtriya Rifles unit shot himself inside a camp at High Ground in the district. The death toll of such killings among Indian troops has reached 88 since January 2007. Chander is the fifth trooper who has committed suicide in the occupied territory in a fortnight.

Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more innocent Kashmiri youth, in a fake encounter, at Sadarkot area of Bandipora.

A trooper, Sanjay Kumar was killed when he slipped down from a hill in Kralpora. The dead body of a youth, Abdul Hameed Wani was recovered from Lal-Kul-Nalah in Kupwara.

Two persons were electrocuted and three others received grievous burn injuries when an 11KV high-tension electricity line touched a 220V line in Bandi area of Baramulla.

Panic-stricken villagers took to the streets and staged strong protest demonstration against the negligence of the Maintenance Wing of the Power Development Department (PDD). They demanded strict action against the employees of PDD.

Indian troops martyr two more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, May 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth at two different places.

Of those martyred, one youth, Tanveer Ahmad was shot dead by the troops of 14-Rashtriya Rifles during military operation at Kuta Bela in Bandipur and another at Gambhir in Rajouri.

Five people including three children were killed in a grenade blast near a house at Gurmal in Neel area of Ramban district.

Hundreds of residents staged massive protest demonstrations against Indian state terrorism at Padroo Keller in Shopian and Tral in Pulwama. “The entire area is under cordon for the past seven days. We are not allowed to go outside by the CRPF personnel,” the protestors of Shopian told media men.

Troops martyr eight more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, May 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred eight more innocent Kashmiri youth at different places.

Of those martyred, six youth were killed by troops during siege and search operation at Lugam in Tral and one each at Gambhir in Rajouri and Tarkundi in Poonch areas.

Dead body of a 60-year old civilian was recovered from Baila Wussan in Ganderbal.

An Indian trooper of Central Reserve Police Force committed suicide by shooting himself with his own service rifle at Palhalan in Pattan taking the death toll of such killings amongst Indian troops to 87, since January 2007.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai High Court in India has stayed a trial of an innocent Kashmiri youth Ghulam Mustafa till June 5, who was arrested by Indian police on fake case at Mumbai International Airport in 1992.

87 Indian troopers commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, May 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an Indian trooper was killed and four others critically injured in an attack at Mawar in Handwara.

A trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his own service rifle at Palhalan in Baramulla taking the death toll by such killings among Indian troops to 87, since January 2007. Throat-slit body of a 26-year old youth was recovered from Drebgam in Pulwama.

Kashmir dangerous place due to HR violations

Indian troops martyr 2 more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, May 14 (KMS): Senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Shah has warned that occupied Kashmir has become one of the most dangerous places of the world due to unabated human rights violations by Indian troops.

The APHC leader addressing Hurriyet activists in Shopian today, maintained that all the three parties to Kashmir dispute, Pakistan, India and Kashmiris should sit together to reach at a negotiated settlement to ensure peace and security in South Asia.

Earlier, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and other APHC leaders including Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi and Nayeem Ahmed Khan addressing a function in Chadoora, paid glowing tributes to Kashmiri martyrs urging India to give up intransigence over the process of resolving the Kashmir dispute.

Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Gandoh area of Doda. Two personnel of Indian Central Reserve police Force were killed in an attack at Podder Kellar in Pulwama while a trooper was injured in another attack in Kangan.

Hundreds of people staged a protest demonstration against the injuring of four civilians by Indian troops in Dangiwacha area of Baramulla district.

Indian troops martyr 3 more innocent Kashmiris

85 troopers commit suicide since January 2007

Srinagar, May 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred three more innocent Kashmiri youth, one of them at Draba in Surankote and two at Rakh Amb Tali in Samba.

Earlier, two troopers were killed and sixteen others injured in an attack in the same area of Samba. The injured included an army Major and a Sub Inspector of Border Security Force.

An Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in an army camp in Kangan, taking the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 85 since January 2007.

Troops martyr three innocent Kashmiris

84 Indian troops commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, May 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred three innocent Kashmiri youth at different places, today.

Personnel of 17/Dogra regiment killed two youth during military operation in Darsun area of Kupwara district while the troops of Garhwal Rifles and Border Security Force during siege and search operation martyred youth. Earlier troops killed three persons including a photojournalist, Ashok Sodhi and a woman Shashi Bala and injured two others at Kali Mandi in Samba. A trooper was killed and a Major injured in the same area.

Indian army personnel of Engineering Regiment, Naik SBP Raju, committed suicide by hanging himself at Engineering Regiment unit in Udhampur, taking the death toll by such killings among Indian troops to 84 since January 2007.

Indian trooper kills his officer

Srinagar, May 07 (KMS): In yet another case of fratricide in the Indian army, a trooper killed his senior officer inside a unit in Nowshera area of Srinagar.

Naib subedar, Lal Bahadur Singh, in a clerical job, died after he was shot at by his fellow trooper, Inderjeet Singh of Signal Company. Immediately after the incident, the army arrested the shooter. The duo- Lal Bahadur Singh and Inderjeet Singh- were having strained relations after the latter reportedly accused Lal Bahadur Singh of delaying his personal documents. They fought over the issue, which resulted in the killing of Singh.

Indian troops martyr two more Kashmiri youth

Thousands of people attend funeral prayers

Srinagar, May 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred two more innocent youth at Tesoornar in Handwara, last night. Earlier, an Indian trooper was killed in an attack in the same area.

Thousands of people attended Ghaibana Nimaz-e-Jinaza at various places in the occupied territory today of the four Kashmiri youth who were killed in custody by the troops in Pattan, Sopore and Handwara during the last two days.

Senior Kashmir Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani talking to media men in Srinagar, welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani’s upholding Kashmiris’ right to self-determination during his address to the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad.

APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah addressing Hurriyet activists at Achabal in Islamabad emphasised that Kashmiris’ unparalleled sacrifices would never be allowed to go waste.

Four more innocent Kashmiris martyred

Srinagar, April 25 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred four more innocent Kashmiri youth at different places.

Of those martyred, dead bodies of Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Butt and Mohammad Ramzan Rishi were recovered from the residential houses destroyed by the personnel of 21-Rashtriya Rifles during siege and search operation at Khan Mohalla in Handwara while two were shot dead at Bhimdasa in Reasi.

Forceful Anti-India demonstrations were held in Handwara, Baramulla and Srinagar areas against the continued Indian state terrorism.

Troops martyr four more innocent Kashmiris

Anti-India protest demonstration in Kupwara

Srinagar, April 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred four more innocent Kashmiri youth today at different places.

Dead bodies of Tanveer Ahmad and Imtiyaz Ahmad were recovered from the debris of two residential houses destroyed by the troops with the heavy mortar shelling during siege and search operation at Khawaja Bagh in Baramulla. One youth each was shot dead at Kalian in Reasi and Mandher in Poonch.

Meanwhile, a protest strike was observed against Indian state terrorism in Baramulla, while a forceful anti-India demonstration was held against the injuring of a 60-year old civilian, Muhammad Abdullah Shah by the indiscriminate firing of 18-Rashtriya Rifles at Sawayan in Lolab area of Kupwara district.

An Indian trooper of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was run over by a train near Sainik Colony in Jammu city.

Indian trooper kills his two colleagues

Jammu, April 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, two Indian troops succumbed to the injuries they had sustained from the firing of their colleague, who later on committed suicide on Monday in Katra town of Reasi district.

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable, Veerinder Singh, before committing suicide, had shot at and critically injured his two colleagues including an inspector, who later on died while being shifted to hospital.

Six persons killed in IHK road mishap

Jammu, April 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, at least six people were killed and more than a dozen injured in a road accident on Friday in Reasi district.

The incident occurred when a passenger vehicle skidded off a road and fell into a 500-feet deep gorge at Arnas area in the district.

Troops martyr two more innocent Kashmiris

Syed Ali Gilani under house arrest in Srinagar

Srinagar, April 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Baramulla district.

The dead bodies of Muneer Ahmad and Zahoor Ahmad were recovered from the debris of a residential house destroyed by the troops during siege and search operation at Palhalan in Pattan area of the district. Earlier two troops were also killed in the same area. Forceful anti-India protest demonstration was held in Pattan area.

Dead body of a missing youth, Bilal Ahmad Butt was recovered from Tangchatter in Kangan while body of a girl Rubeena was recovered from Nagnari in Boniyar.

Seven civilians and a Special Police Officer were injured in a grenade blast at Main Chowk in Sopore.

Meanwhile, senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani was placed under house arrest in Srinagar because he was scheduled to pay a visit to Pattan to lead a protest demonstration against Indian state-terrorism. Puppet authorities asked him not to venture out.

Indian troops martyr one more innocent Kashmiri youth

Gilani concerned over unnamed mass graves’ discovery

Srinagar, April 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more innocent Kashmiri youth in a fake encounter in Kishtwar.

An Indian police personnel was killed in an attack in the same area while four Indian troops including a Colonel were injured in a separate attack in Handwara. Indian police arrested an innocent Kashmiri youth in Sogam area of Kupwara.

Meanwhile, senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani visited Palhalan, Pattan, and paid glowing tributes to two innocent Kashmiri youth who were martyred by the troops, yesterday. Addressing a large public gathering on the occasion, he expressed grave concern over the discovery of unnamed mass graves in Baramulla and said that Indian troops were involved in gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

Addressing a separate gathering in the same area, the APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan strongly condemned Indian state terrorism and reiterated Kashmiris’ pledge to continue their liberation struggle till its logical conclusion.

Indian troops martyr one more innocent Kashmiri youth

Gilani concerned over unnamed mass graves’ discovery

Srinagar, April 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more innocent Kashmiri youth in a fake encounter in Kishtwar.

An Indian police personnel was killed in an attack in the same area while four Indian troops including a Colonel were injured in a separate attack in Handwara. Indian police arrested an innocent Kashmiri youth in Sogam area of Kupwara.

Meanwhile, senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani visited Palhalan, Pattan, and paid glowing tributes to two innocent Kashmiri youth who were martyred by the troops, yesterday. Addressing a large public gathering on the occasion, he expressed grave concern over the discovery of unnamed mass graves in Baramulla and said that Indian troops were involved in gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

Addressing a separate gathering in the same area, the APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan strongly condemned Indian state terrorism and reiterated Kashmiris’ pledge to continue their liberation struggle till its logical conclusion.

Indian troops martyr three more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, April 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred three more innocent Kashmiri youth including a teenager boy at different places.

The personnel of 33 and 6 battalions of Rashtriya Rifles killed one youth during violent operation at Chournar in Kupwara and another in Sopore town. A teenager Irshad Ahmad Butt was crushed to death by a speeding vehicle of Indian Central Reserve Police Force of 181-battalion at Wathoora in Chadoora area of Budgam. Forceful protest demonstration led by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference leader, Zaffar Akbar Butt was held in the area against the killing. Speaking on the occasion, he said that huge deployment of Indian troops in the area has turned life of people into hell adding the roads have turned into death traps due to occupation forces in the disputed territory.

The Indian troops arrested six innocent civilians during house raids from Sopore and Kishtwar areas.

Meanwhile, at least four persons were killed and 32 injured in separate road accidents in Udhampur, Doda and Kishtwar areas.

Protest demo against custodial killing of a boy

81 Indian troops commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, May 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, martyred 46 innocent Kashmiris, including five in custody, during the last month of April.

The data revealed that six Kashmiris went missing in custody, 118 were arrested and 139 persons were injured when the troops subjected them to severe torture. The troops molested seven women and destroyed 23 residential houses during the month.

A forceful protest demonstration marked with a complete strike was held at Velgam in Handwara today, against the killing of a 9th class student in custody by Indian troops. The protesters on the occasion raised high pitched anti-India and pro-liberation slogans. People took to the streets against anti-people policies of the puppet regime in Handwara and Mendhar town of Poonch district. Enraged people on the occasion raised slogans against the administration.

Meanwhile, an Indian trooper committed suicide by jumping into a river at Kither in Doda, bringing suicide killings among Indian troops to 81 since January 2007. Another Indian trooper was killed by one of his colleagues at Gumgund in Kupwara.

Over 30 labourers were buried under a massive landslide in Kishtwar.

Protests in IHK against 13-year boy’s killing

Srinagar, April 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, massive protests erupted against the killing of a 13-year-old boy by a speedy vehicle of paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Qazigund area.

A vehicle of 154-BN of CRPF deliberately crushed to death a young boy Aamir Hussain Mir near Saisman in the area. Hundreds of people took to streets and halted Srinagar-Jammu highway for several hours.  They also shouted anti-India and pro-liberation slogans.

Dead body with marks of torture was recovered near Sozeth in Budgam while another body of a missing woman was recovered from Dhan Garh in Reasi.

Meanwhile, the residents of Gool-Ramban staged protest demonstration against the disappearance in custody of one Tariq Hussain. The mother of the disappeared youth told mediamen that Indian troops arrested her son during house raid on April 15 and his whereabouts were not known yet

Troops martyr one more innocent Kashmiri youth

78 Indian troops commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, April 15 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more innocent Kashmiri youth at Kandi in Kupwara.

Two Indian troopers committed suicide by shooting themselves.

Among those one trooper of 53-Rashtriya Rifles committed suicide by shooting himself with his own service rifle at Waza Bagh camp in Chrar-e-Sharif area of Budgam district while another personnel of 19-Infantry Division committed suicide when he shot himself with his service weapon at an army camp at Baramulla, taking the toll of such deaths amongst Indian troops to 78 since January 2007. Assistant Commandant of Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel died in a cardiac arrest at his camp in Kakapora in Pulwama.

A 9th class boy Ashiq Hussain was critically injured in a blast at Pahloo-Achabal in Islamabad. The doctors amputated hands of the boy while a civilian was tortured in custody by the police personnel at Bhalla in Doda.

Meanwhile, Indian army authorities have begun shifting troopers to the Line of Control (LoC) in occupied Kashmir. Public Relations officer of Indian army Lt Col. Anil Mathur, told media men, “Troops are coming out from barracks, and are occupying the routes of LoC.” And General Officer Commander (GOC), of 16 corps, Lt Gen R K Karwal told reporters in Jammu that they have also moved additional troops to Indo-Pak border. He added, ”We have deployed additional troops along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch sectors.

Troops martyr one more innocent youth in Srinagar

Srinagar, April 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more innocent youth in Srinagar district, today.

Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel killed the youth during violent military operation at Theed-Harwan in the district.

Meanwhile, dead body of a woman was recovered from Marazi Gund Dal in Baramulla while another body of Fayaz Ahmad Handoo was recovered at Dastageer Sahib Khanyar in Srinagar.

A constable of 68-battalion of Border Security Force attempted suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at Gulmarg while another personnel of Indian Central Reserve Police Force, Manoj Nath of 156-Bn shot at and injured himself at Aadoo in Phalgam. The injured troopers were hospitalised.

On the other hand,senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, addressing a public gathering at Chakoora in Pulwama maintained that the Kashmiri martyrs’ sacrifices would never be allowed to go waste and the people of Kashmir were destined to secure their right to self-determination

Troops martyr two more innocent Kashmiris

Launch operations in Kupwara district

Srinagar April 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Kupwara and Pulwama districts.

Indian troops of 47-battalion of Rashtriya Rifles during violent military operations killed one youth at Chorkhan Nallah in Kupwara district, while Shabbir Ahmad Butt was shot dead by 55-battalion of Rashtriya Rifles at Peer Mohalla in Pulwama district.

Indian troops of 28-Rashtriya Rifles (RR), 47-RR, 160 Territorial Army (TA) and 2-Para regiment launched big military operations at Sheikhnar, Sogam, Lolab, Kandi and Natnussa in Kupwara district.

Meanwhile, the five-member High Court Bar Association team, led by its President Nazir Ahmad Roonga, visited the New Delhi’s Tihar jail and met 75 innocent illegally detained Kashmiris.

Troops martyr two more innocent Kashmiris

Launch operations in Kupwara district

Srinagar April 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Kupwara and Pulwama districts.

Indian troops of 47-battalion of Rashtriya Rifles during violent military operations killed one youth at Chorkhan Nallah in Kupwara district, while Shabbir Ahmad Butt was shot dead by 55-battalion of Rashtriya Rifles at Peer Mohalla in Pulwama district.

Indian troops of 28-Rashtriya Rifles (RR), 47-RR, 160 Territorial Army (TA) and 2-Para regiment launched big military operations at Sheikhnar, Sogam, Lolab, Kandi and Natnussa in Kupwara district.

Meanwhile, the five-member High Court Bar Association team, led by its President Nazir Ahmad Roonga, visited the New Delhi’s Tihar jail and met 75 innocent illegally detained Kashmiris.

Thousands attend funeral prayers in IHK

Srinagar, April 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, funeral prayers were offered at a large scale in various cities and towns today, for the unidentified persons buried in recently discovered mass graves in Baramulla district.

The biggest Ghaibana Jenaza prayer was offered at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar which was participated by thousands of people including the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Fazl Haq Qureshi and Nayeem Ahmed Khan. People on the occasion shouted high pitched anti-India and pro-liberation slogans.

The APHC spokesman in a statement in Srinagar deplored that the unmarked graves have further established the fact that India was continuously engaged in the genocide of Kashmiris. He urged India to stop its repressive activities to pave way for the resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with Kashmiris’ aspirations.

Meanwhile, a big protest demonstration was held against Indian state terrorism at Hajan in Sonawari, which was led by senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani. Addressing on the occasion, he reiterated Kashmiris’ pledge to continue the liberation struggle till its conclusion.

Indian troops martyr 3 more innocent Kashmiri youth

Srinagar, April 10 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, have martyred three more innocent Kashmiri youth in a fake encounter in Lolab, Kupwara.

The youth were martyred by the police and 2 Para regiment of the troops.

Troops martyr six more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, April 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred six innocent Kashmiri youth at different places.

Of those martyred, four were shot dead by troops at Gulabgarh in Reasi and one each in Kishtawar and Doda areas.

Meanwhile, people including drivers at Kaloosa, Kenusa, Saderkoot, Hajin, Sumbal and Naid Khai areas of Bandipora district accused troops of unnecessarily beating and harassing them. Talking to media men they said that if the troopers do not mend their inhuman attitude, they would stage protest demonstrations. “The troopers unnecessarily harass us. They recently beat up a driver at Watlab when he was on way to Bandipora,” said Muhammad Ashraf, a driver adding, “We are forced to remain stranded for hours whenever a convoy moves by the Sopore-Bandipora road.”

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