SRINAGAR: At least three Kashmiris, including a minor girl, were martyred while several others were injured after Indian troops opened fire on peaceful protesters in Kulgam district of Indian occupied Kashmir on Saturday, as security forces detained several Hurriyat leaders in Srinagar ahead of freedom fighter Burhan Muzaffar Wani’s second martyrdom anniversary.
Kashmiris took to the streets after Indian forces launched a cordon and search operation in Redwani area of Kulgam district. They shouted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans during the protest. Indian troops and police used brute force to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes. As the clashes intensified, the police and troops resorted to indiscriminate firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells on the protesters, resulting in the killing of three people and injuries to several others.
The martyred Kashmiris have been identified as Shakir Ahmed Khanday, Irshad Majeed, and a girl Andleeb.
Residents said soldiers fired live ammunition, shotgun pellets and tear gas to quell the protests, wounding several people. The clashes were continuing when this report was made.
Meanwhile in Srinagar, Indian forces took several Hurriyat leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik to prevent them from leading a protest rally towards Tral, the hometown of Burhanuddin Wani, who was martyred along with two associates by the Indian troops in a fake encounter in Kokenag area of Islamabad district on July 8, 2016.
Leaders of the Joint Resistance Leadership have called for a complete shutdown on Sunday.
In a related development, India’s National Investigation Agency has shifted the illegally detained chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi and her two associates, Nadiha Nasreen and Fehmeeda Sofi, from Srinagar Central Jail to New Delhi. The women activists are accused of waging war against India.