Thursday, February 9

IOK: (Indian troops martyred 12 youth in occupied Kashmir)

ISLAMABAD: In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops killed 12 youth during cordon and search operations in Islamabad and Shopian districts, on Sunday.

Indian police in a statement in Srinagar, on Sunday, claimed that 11 youth were killed in two gunfights with Indian forces in south Kashmir districts.

Police said that seven youth were killed in Dragad and four in Kachdora areas of South Kashmir. Police also claimed that top mujahid commanders were among the killed youth. Four Indian soldiers were injured during the ongoing operation in Kachdoora.

The authorities have suspended train and Internet services in South Kashmir districts following the killings.

Meanwhile, as many as 100 civilians were injured when Indian forces used brute force and fired pellets and bullets on protesters in Draged and Kachdora areas, on Sunday.

Medical Superintendent (MS) district hospital Shopian, Dr Shafat informed 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. Independent sources say that the number of injured youth may exceed 100.

Hundreds of protesters at both the places pelted forces with rocks to stop cordon and search operations. This led to intense clashes between protesters and the troops in Draged and Kachdora areas where seven youth were killed in the operations.

The forces used tear gas shells, pellets and bullets to disperse the protesters. Earlier, a youth Rouf Bashir Khanday was killed during an overnight operation at Brunty Dialgam in Islamabad district.