Protests in Indian-occupied Kashmir after civilian killed by Indian forces

2015-04-16 10:09:50 | Al Muslim News
Protests in Indian-occupied Kashmir after civilian killed by Indian forces


Hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police in India-occupied Kashmir on Tuesday after the brother of a separatist leader were killed in fake encounter with the army in the disputed Himalayan region.
Relatives and resident of valley disputed that version, saying the civilian was tortured to death. Khalid Wani, 24, A young Kashmir Muslim was shot dead in a gun battle with Indian forces in a forest, according to Indian Authorties.
The body of the civilian, Khaled Muzaffar Wani, had no bullet wounds, said his father, Muzaffar Wani, a local school principal. He said there were rope marks on his son’s wrists, indicating he had been tortured to death by Indian forces.
Army spokesperson N N Joshi said that Wani was killed on Monday in Buchoo, a forested area around 50 Km south of the capital city of Srinagar, during a search operation by the Indian military.
Authorities said that a second body had been found on Tuesday near the scene of the “firefightâ€, identified as that of another local resident whom they claim had recently become a separatist.
Security sources claimed Khalid Wani, had gone to meet his brother Burhan, who is a top commander of the region’s largest group of freedom fighters, the Hizbul Mijahideen.
However residents of the brothers’ hometown of Tral claimed that Khalid Wani had been killed in a “fake encounter†as they took to the streets in protest, clashed with police and paramilitary troops, who retaliated by firing live ammunition in the air as well as tear gas at several places in and around Tral. At least 15 people were wounded, police said.
Senior separatist leaders Muhammad Yasin Malik was detained by police on Tuesday when they were on way to Tral town.
People in India-occupied Kashmir strongly favour a merger with Pakistan. Several separatist groups have operated in the region since an insurgency erupted since 1989 in Kashmir.
An estimated 68,000 Kashmir Muslims have died in the fighting and ensuing crackdown by Indian forces. India maintains the presence of hundreds of thousands of Army troops, protected by emergency military impunity laws to crush freedom struggle of Kashmiri Muslims.


Tags: #Anti-Muslim #Kashmir-Muslims #Muslim-minorities #Indian-Muslims #Genocide-of-Muslims #India #

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