Indian occupied forces continued the bloodbath in Indian occupied Kashmir. India is using brutal state force to quell the rebellion led by the youth. The Indian occupied forces on the behest of Modi led BJP government in Dehli have converted the Kashmir valley into a killing field. At least 20 Kashmiri youth were martyred after Indian troops launched massive search operations in the Indian Held Kashmir’s Islamabad and Shopian districts, according to the Kashmiri media.
Another four Kashmiris were killed and scores of others injured when police opened fire on thousands of demonstrators who poured onto the streets, throwing stones and chanting slogans against Indian occupation. Troops had used tear gas and pellet guns to disperse the crowd, and later opened fire. Most of the injured sustained pellet wounds, but six had gunshot wounds. Thousands of Kashmiris take to the streets, raising anti-India slogans and demanding an end to Indian rule over the region as troops launched “anti-militant” operations in three southern villages.
Moreover, around hundreds of civilians were injured when Indian forces used brute force and fired pellets, bullets and teargas shells on protesters in Dragad and Kachdoora areas. Medical Superintendent (MS) District Hospital Shopian Dr Shafat told the 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.
Meanwhile, scores of students of Kashmir University (KU) staged a protest at Zakura campus in Srinagar against the killings in Shopian and Islamabad. Shouting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protesting students carried banners reading, ‘End Occupation, Free Kashmir’. Following the brutal operation, the people in the IHK called for a two-day shutdown across the territory. The authorities in occupied Kashmir closed down all the schools and other education institutions to stop more demonstrations to happen.
The authorities also shutdown the internet and mobile services, while closing down the social media sites. Indian security forces can be seen everywhere on streets putting up barriers and blockade.
Last year was the deadliest of this decade in the region, with more than 200 youth accused of militancy were martyred in a counter-insurgency offensive dubbed “Operation All Out“. That upsurge in violence has escalated in 2018; with 51 youth accused of militancy already killed this year. The Western powers and so-called world community are watching the genocide in Indian occupied Kashmir like silent spectators. No condemnation of continued grave violations of human rights by the Indian forces. The Western powers preferred to keep silence to make business and trade deals with India. For them business is important then the human lives and sufferings.
The international human rights bodies as well as the highly alienated western media are pleased to ignore these atrocities. It seems that both India and Israel enjoy full immunity for committing human rights violations and state terrorism. An impartial scrutiny of the military actions in Occupied Kashmir transpires that it is in fact the vicious free-hand and undue immunity given to the Indian armed forces personnel under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that not only made the lives of the Kashmiris miserable but also increased the gravity of the resistance over the years.
India has not learned the lesson that Kashmiri population wants freedom, dignity, respect and democratic and human rights. They wanted an end to the continued occupation and enslavement by the Indian forces. They wanted to decide their own future and destiny. India wants to continue the state repression, terrorism, brutal use of force and occupation. The Kashmiris are not terrorists as India propagates but fighting for their legitimate right to decide their own future.
Injustice and infringement of basic human rights inflicted by a State create extreme sense of retaliation and alienation among the masses towards even a legitimate regime of their own. But when a repressive and occupying power like India, humiliates abuse and torture the Kashmiri people on daily basis, how it can expect different results. India is an unlawful occupant by itself yet continues to commit heinous acts of brutalities on the innocent citizens under its captivity.
The Kashmiri population is facing the horrors in Indian Occupied Kashmir and the atrocities perpetrated on the people who want to end foreign military occupation of their homeland. Since the beginning of the recent uprising in July 2016 after the Indian forces martyred young Burhan Wani, the Kashmiris have furiously been demanding an end to India’s forced rule spanned over 70 long and bloody years.
The real story of carnage will be told only when the Indian occupation forces would leave Kashmir. The amount of torture, killings and rapes perpetrated on Kashmiri people by Indian armed forces has already set a new record of brutalities. Everyday incidents of gashing of eyes, chopping off vital body-parts, and use of ever-new methods of persecution during unending curfews has made the life in occupied valley a misery. Every new day in occupied Kashmir witnesses the Indian army’s devilish acts of gang-rapes, burning of the agitators alive, torching of villages and crops, destruction of their business and economic life; if truth be told, a complete genocide of the Kashmiri people in utter defiance of international human rights laws.
Since the start of latest Kashmiri uprising, hundreds of young Kashmiri have been killed and thousands have been brutally tortured including those blinded with pellets and those raped or molested by the personnel of Indian occupation forces. To top it all, thousands of them have been killed by Indian security forces either during their custody, extra-judicial executions and enforced disappearances while enjoying total impunity under AFSPA. Freedom movement against India’s unlawful rule over Kashmir is neither new nor surprising; the brutality of the state’s response thereto is equally familiar.
Bloodshed can be expected in the days ahead unless the occupation forces refrain from resorting to use of brutal force and stop massacre of innocent Kashmiris.
Continued oppression and tyranny forced the Kashmiris to rise for their freedom in 1989 but their just struggle was suppressed by brute force. Resultantly over 1, 00,000 innocent Kashmiris were butchered, their women raped and thousands of youth incarcerated. Since then sporadic outbursts have erupted, taking a huge toll of human lives but eventually get suppressed.
Since July 8, 2016, when popular youth leader Burhan Wani was brutally murdered, another mass uprising has commenced. To protest the assassination of Burhan Wani, IOK is in flames. To quell the rebellion, this time India is using pellet guns. Resultantly, over 200 people have been martyred and 22,000 injured due to ruthless repression conducted by the Indian armed forces. Over 3,500 youngsters have been permanently blinded by the incessant firing of pellet guns. Reportedly, Indian army has also started using chemical weapons & Smell shelling weaponry against innocent protesters in IOK.
For the last six months, life in IOK has remained mostly paralyzed due to continual curfews. Besides the prolonged curfew, media blackout has also been imposed cutting off the communication channels of IOK. Squeezed by the brutal oppression at the hands of Indian Armed forces, the IOK youth have lost patience and through “mob resistance”, they are creating problems for occupied forces.
Indian forces are also using stage managed incidents to kill Kashmiri youth and gag their voice for their just demand for independence. India has no right to brutally repress and terrorise the civilian population of Kashmir. End the occupation now. No Indian boots in Kashmir.
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17 August, 2019