ISLAMABAD, Dec 30, (Asia Free Press): The Indian occupying forces conducted 192 Cordon and Search Operations (CASOs) and Cordon and Destroy Operations (CADOs) which resulted in 80 encounters in which 163 freedom fighters embraced martyrdom during the year .
According to the annual Human Rights review released by the Legal Forum for Kashmir (LFK) on the human rights situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) which covers the period from January 1 to December 30, 2021, the Indian forces destroyed 130 houses during such operations.
For IOJK, the year added more complications and saw no letup in atrocities committed by the Indian occupying forces, the report stated.
The martyrs included 46 civilians, 163 freedom fighters while 48 Indian forces personnel were also killed.
The Indian right-wing regime arrested several members of the Kashmiri Civil Society, journalists, and activists.
The Indian forced launched broad-day callous attacks on Kashmir’s civil society, raiding residencies and offices of human rights defenders, journalists and civil society organizations, it added.
The destruction of civilian properties during encounters saw an increase during the year 2021.
According to report, the journalists working for Kashmir and international media continued to be pressurized, intimidated and harassed by the Indian authorities.
Many journalists were booked under criminal laws while one still remains behind bars amid delayed trial by the puppet government agencies.
The right to access to information continues to be restricted in Jammu and Kashmir as part of India’s all-out onslaught against Kashmiris as there were 127 instances of internet blockades recorded from January 1 to December 30 2021.
This, amid deadly pandemic, when internet was of utmost importance for health authorities as well as general public. During the period from 01, January to 30 December, 1197 persons were detained and arrested by Indian occupational forces and lodged in different jails across India.
This year saw one of the worst assaults on human rights when India rushed its agencies to Kashmir which raided residencies and offices of Journalists, human rights workers and civil society organizations.
In November, India’s so-called anti-terror body NIA raided residence of Khurram Parvez and arrested him under terror charges.