ISLAMABAD: Indian troops martyred 375 innocent Kashmiris, including 10 women and 35 young boys, in 2018.
According to a report quoting data issued by Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, Indian troops conducted 2,939 cordon and search operations all across the territory during the year.
The martyrs included highly qualified youth like Professor Dr Muhammad Rafi Butt, Dr Manan Bashir Wani, Dr Sabzar Ahmad Sofi, Dr Aijazud Din Khan and Dr Abdul Ahad Ganai.
The killed also included Hurriyet leaders, namely, Mir Hafizulla, Tariq Ahmad Ganie, Mohammad Yousuf Nadeem and Hakim-ul-Rehman Sultani. Of the martyrs, 21 were killed in custody.
The killings rendered 34 women widowed and 78 children orphaned while 75 women were molested by the men in uniform. Indian forces destroyed 605 residential houses during the period. Also, the vision of 1302 people was affected by pellets fired by the troops on peaceful protesters.
The report said resistance leaders, including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, continued to remain in detention in Delhi’s Tihar jail in fake cases.
Over five hundred people, including Hurriyat leaders, remained in different jails of occupied valley and India under black law, Public Safety Act.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama district on the third consecutive day today, to mourn the killing of four youth by Indian troops.
In violation of Juvenile Justice Act, Indian authorities slapped a young boy, Khalid Nazir Wagay, with the draconian law, Public Safety Act, on the charge of organising anti-India protest demonstrations in 2016 when he was a minor. Khalid Wagay is imprisoned in Kot-Bhalwal jail, Jammu.
Unknown gunmen decamped with four service rifles of policemen guarding the official residence of Congress Member of the so-called Legislative Council, Muhammad Muzaffar Parray in Srinagar.
Kashmiri community leaders Muhammad Ghalib, Fahim Kiani and Altaf Ahmed Butt addressing a press conference in Birmingham urged the international community to come forward to ban the use of lethal weapons like pellet guns and stop human rights violations by Indian army in occupied Kashmir.