ISLAMABAD - Seven more Kashmiri youth were martyred in fresh acts of state terrorism by the Indian security forces in Held Kashmir on Sunday, capping off one of the deadliest weeks this year in a region already suffering its worst bloodshed in a decade.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the youth were killed by the Indian troops during cordon and search operations and firing on protesters at Batagund in Kapran area of Shopian district, early Sunday morning.

Six youth were killed when troops associated with 34-Rashtriya Rifles of Indian army, Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operational Group destroyed a house during the operation. The bodies of the six martyred youth were found from the debris of the destroyed house.

Five of them were identified as Umar Majid Ganai, Waseem Wagay, Abbas Sheikh, Mushtaq Ahmad Mir and Khalid Farooq Malik, while the identity of the six youth could not be ascertained.

Another youth was killed when the Indian troops opened indiscriminate firing on the people protesting against the killings in the area. The martyred youth was identified as Nauman Ashraf Bhat, resident of Kulgam.

He was hit by a bullet and was shifted to Kulgam district hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Dozens of youth, some critically, were also injured in Indian forces’ operation.

The authorities suspended internet services in Shopian and other areas of the south Kashmir.

Meanwhile, an Indian army man was killed and another injured in an attack in Kapran area of Shopian district.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for shutdown today against the killing of 17 Kashmiris by brutal Indian forces in the past three days.

The leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar called for complete shutdown to strongly protest and denounce the killing of 17 Kashmiris by Indian troops in the last three days.

The call for the strike was issued following the killings of seven youth by the Indian forces during a cordon and search operation and firing on protesters in Shopian on Sunday.

Kashmir-based rights monitors say 528 people have died this year from armed conflict in Occupied Kashimir, including 145 civilians.

It is the deadliest year since 2009, said the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies, underscoring a worsening security situation in the Muslim-majority region controlled by India and half a million of its troops.

Latest killings took the week’s total death toll to 22.

Critics said Indian forces were escalating tensions in the restive region ahead of general elections next year in order to look tough on Pakistan and violence. “Dead bodies of Kashmiris unfortunately sell well in Indian elections,” said Khurram Parvez, programme coordinator at the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies. “The mindset dominant in India now is that by escalating violence, the people of Kashmir will be pressured to surrender.”

The UN human rights chief, in a first-of-its-kind report in June, called for a major investigation into abuses in Kashmir and the “chronic impunity” for violations perpetrated by troops there.

The findings accused Indian troops of 145 unlawful killings, far surpassing the 20 people estimated to have been killed by groups over the study period.

New Delhi rejected the report, blasting it as “fallacious”.


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