ISLAMABAD (NNI): Indian troops killed 17 youths in occupied Kashmir during cordon and search operations on Sunday, reported Kashmir Media Service. The operations were conducted in Islamabad and Shopian districts of South Kashmir.
The authorities have suspended train and Internet services in South Kashmir districts following the killings. Meanwhile, as many as 100 civilians were injured when Indian forces used brute force and fired pellets and bullets on protesters in Draged and Kachdora areas.
Medical Superintendent (MS) district hospital Shopian, Dr Shafat informed media that they received over 50 injured. Many of them were shifted to Srinagar hospitals for further treatment. “We are unable to maintain the record of the injured because of the heavy rush,” Dr Shafat said. Independent sources say that the number of injured youth may exceed 100.
Hundreds of protesters at both the places pelted forces with rocks to stop cordon and search operations. This led to intense clashes between protesters and the troops in Draged and Kachdora areas where seven youth were killed in the operations.
The forces used tear gas shells, pellets and bullets to disperse the protesters. Earlier, a youth Rouf Bashir Khanday was killed during an overnight operation at Brunty Dialgam in Islamabad district.
Meanwhile, Indian troops, in their unabated acts of state terrorism, martyred 29 Kashmiris including a woman and a young boy during the month of March.
According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, Sunday these killings rendered one woman widowed and four children orphaned. Of those martyrs four youth were killed in different fake encounters by the Indian forces.
As many as 198 people were injured due to the use of brute force and firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells by Indian troops, paramilitary and police personnel against mourners and peaceful protesters while 117 civilians including Hurriyet leaders and activists were arrested during the month.
Indian forces’ personnel also destroyed and damaged 35 residential houses and disgraced 15 women during the period. NNI/Agencies