SRINAGAR, December 27 (Asia Free Press): In Indian administered Jammu & Kashmir, Indian forces killed five more youth in three separate military operations within a day in southern Kashmir valley on Saturday.
According to the local officials, two youth were killed in a military operation by government forces in the Chowgam area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
A police officer, while talking to local media, said that the joint teams of Police, army and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a military operation after the government forces received information about the presence of militants in the area. He said that two indigenous armed fighters were killed in operation.
The Police, in a statement, have identified the slain youth as Sajad Ahmad Chak, son of Bashir Ahmad Chak, a resident of Braripora, Shopian, and Raja Basit Yaqoob, son of Mohd Yaqoob Najar, a resident of Achan Litter, Pulwama.
Indian forces launched another military operation in the Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, and the police officials claimed to have killed two indigenous armed fighters.
A police spokesperson in a statement said that acting on inputs generated by Police about the presence of armed youth in Chowgam village, the government forces, including Police, 44RR, and 14Bn CRPF, launched an operation.
During the ensuing firefight, two youth were killed, and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the military operation.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson said that two armed fighters slain in Tral military operation had been identified as Nadeem Nazir Bhat, son of Nazir Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Koil Shikargah Tral, and Rahi Rasool Bhat alias Adil son of Ghulam Rasool, a resident of Kanipora Dadsara.
He said the operation was launched on specific information generated by Police regarding the presence of armed fighters in village Hardumir, Tral area of Awantipora.
Today, in an overnight military operation launched yesterday, one more youth was killed in the Bijbehara area of South Kashmir’s Islamabad district.
The joint teams of the Indian army’s Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operation Group killed the youth during a cordon and search operation in the Bijbehara area of the district.
A senior police official has said that the slain armed youth has been identified as Faheem Bhat of Kadipora Anantnag.
Pakistan has strongly condemned the extra-judicial killings of six more Kashmiri youth in Indian administered Kashmir by Indian troops in the last three days in continuing fake encounters and so-called cordon-and-search operations.
In a statement, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “The occupation army has intensified arbitrary detentions, night raids, coercion, harassment and humiliation of Kashmiris, and the extra-judicial killings in staged encounters and cordon-and-search-operations continue unabated. Burial of the last remains of martyrs at unknown locations since April last year, without the consent and presence of their families, is yet another abhorrent manifestation of the callous behaviour and moral bankruptcy of BJP-RSS combined.”
Pakistan has further reiterated its call on the international community to hold India accountable for its grave and systematic violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Indian administered Kashmir and called for an investigation by an independent Commission of Inquiry as recommended by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in its reports of 2018 and 2019.
The All Parties Hurriyat Conference has strongly condemned the upsurge in cordon and search operations during the cold nights and days to suppress the freedom sentiments of the people of the occupied territory.
The APHC spokesman, in a statement issued in Srinagar, lashed out at the Indian occupation forces for their inhuman behaviour towards the besieged people during the military operations. He said the occupied territory has been turned into a big jail where the inmates are forced to live a life worse than the life of convicted criminals.
The spokesman also strongly condemned the killing of six youth in fake military operations.
The APHC spokesman also urged the United Nations Secretary-General to impress upon India to stop the genocide in Kashmir and allow a free and fair plebiscite in the territory under the United Nations Security Council resolutions.