Srinagar, March 25, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the detained Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that India has initiated fresh repressive measures to break the will of the people of Kashmir.
In a letter to Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi, the APHC Chairman said that the police were giving a collective punishment to the people for demanding their inalienable right to self-determination. People staged a protest sit-in at Sarafkadal in Srinagar, today, against the continued arrest and harassment of Kashmiri youth by Indian police and army. The protesters were demanding removal of camps of Indian paramilitary, Central Reserve Police Force from the area. Traders and shopkeepers also participated in the protest.
Complete strike was observed at Malaratta in Srinagar against brutalities of the police.
The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party at a meeting in Srinagar expressed concern over the arbitrary arrests by police in the territory. It termed the shifting of senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah from Central Jail Srinagar to Kotbhalwal jail in Jammu as political victimization.
The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society leader, Parvez Imroz in a statement said that India had been resorting to hypocritic attitude in dealing with the human rights violations in the territory. He was responding to the passing of the resolution by United Nations Human Rights Council on human rights that criticized Sri Lanka for allegedly failing to address continued rights violations in the country after the civil war with ethnic Tamil rebels.
In New Delhi, a fact finding report by New Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights in a stark revelation on the grim human rights scenario in occupied Kashmir has termed the situation of juveniles in Kashmir as the worst not only in the territory but across India as well. The report says that minors in Kashmir continue to be illegally detained under draconian Public Safety Act that provides for up to two years of preventive detention.
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