Srinagar, August 18, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, Indian Army killed a young lecturer in custody in Pulwama district, raising the death toll in the ongoing Kashmir Intifada to 82. The residents of Khrew area of the district told mediamen that late last night, the Army personnel barged into residential houses, thrashed the inmates and arrested 28 persons including a lecturer, Shabbir Ahmad Mongu. They said that the Army killed Shabbir Ahmad in custody and later asked his family to take the dead body.
Meanwhile, the occupation authorities continued to impose curfew and other restrictions across the Kashmir Valley on the 41st consecutive day, today, to prevent people from holding demonstrations against the ongoing killing spree by Indian police and troops. The authorities also kept Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi under house arrest or in police custody to prevent them from leading the demonstrations.
However, defying curfew and restrictions, people in large numbers took to the streets in Srinagar, Bandipora, Kupwara, Pulwama, Shopian and other areas and staged massive protests. They raised pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. Indian forces’ personnel resorted to the firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells on the protesters, injuring several people. Hurriyet leader, Masroor Abbas, led a sit-in protest at Nawa Kadal in Srinagar. The angry protesters in Shopian attacked the residence of a member of the so-called Assembly. Shutdown was observed in Mendher against the civilian killings in the Valley.
An Indian civil society team was received with high-pitched slogans in favour of freedom and against India at SMHS hospital in Srinagar. The team comprising Mani Shankar Aiyar, Prem Shankar Jha and other prominent personalities visited the hospital to enquire about the health of the people injured in the firing of Indian forces on protesters in the territory.
Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar extended the protest strike till 25th August. They also announced to offer Juma prayers, tomorrow, at Aripanthan in Badgam to pay tributes to the four youth who were killed by Indian troops in the area on Tuesday.
In Islamabad, speakers at a seminar, today, demanded settlement of the Kashmir dispute without any further delay as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions. A resolution passed on the occasion urged the UN to appoint a special envoy on Kashmir to monitor the gross human rights violations perpetrated by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.
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