Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership has issued a protest calendar for the last ten days of the current month to protest against the massacres, perpetrated by Indian army and paramilitary forces, in January 1990.
Complete Shutdown will be observed in Gaw Kadal area of Srinagar on 21st January, Handwara on 25th and Kupwara on 27th. The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement in Srinagar, today, said that the massacres at these places reminded of brutal Indian oppression in the territory.
Gilani, Mirwaiz and Malik said that Indian military occupation started its killing machine from Gaw Kadal when on 21st January in 1990, the Indian troops opened their guns on peaceful protesters and butchered more than 50 innocents within an hour. The victims were protesting against the molestation of several women by the troops, the previous night. This carnage was followed by massacres at Handwara and Kupwara where hundreds of Kashmiris were gunned down by Indian army and police personnel with impunity. The bloodbath took place soon after the appointment of notorious anti-Muslim Jagmohan Malhotra as governor of the occupied territory.
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement urged international human rights organizations to take cognizance of the Kashmiri detainees languishing illegally in different Indian jails. He said that the inmates were deprived of proper food and medicines, besides being subjected to physical and mental torture in jails.
Dr Bilquees Shah, the wife of senior resistance leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah moved an application before a Delhi court in which she said that her husband was being slow poisoned in New Delhi’s Tihar jail. The Democratic Freedom Party in a statement said that Shabbir Ahmad Shah was kept behind bars only to be punished for his political stance over the Kashmir dispute.
Meanwhile, the global human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has launched a postcard campaign and an online petition to press for the ban on the use of pellet gun in occupied Kashmir. The drive is meant to put pressure on India to conduct an independent investigation into the cases of killings and serious injuries caused by the pellets. Amnesty International Executive Director, Aakar Patel in a statement in New Delhi said that pellet-firing pump-action shotguns had been responsible for killing, blinding and injuring thousands of people in Kashmir.
On the other hand, Indian troops went on rampage in Pinjura area of Shopian district and started beating and thrashing whosoever came in their way without any provocation. The troops also damaged properties including residential houses and parked vehicles. The locals took to the streets and staged forceful demonstrations against the brutalities of the troops.