Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred three more Kashmiri youth in Pulwama district, today.
According to media sources, charred bodies of two martyred youth were recovered from the debris of two residential houses destroyed by the troops while using chemical substance during a crackdown operation in Hakripora area of the district. The operation continued till reports last came in.
One more youth was killed and dozens were injured after Indian forces’ personnel fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells on protesters in Kakapora, Newa and Hakripora areas in the district. The martyred youth has been identified as Firdous Ahmad Khan. According to doctors, he was hit by bullet in his chest. At least 15 injured persons were referred to hospitals in Pulwama and Srinagar. Two persons, including a paramedic, were injured when troops opened fire outside District Hospital Pulwama. Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr Abdul Rashid Parra said that a nurse and a student were injured.
Protests over the killing rocked University of Kashmir as hundreds of students raised pro-Pakistan and pro-freedom slogans and gathered in the university campus for funeral prayers in abstensia for the martyred youth. Police used force to foil a sit in protest of students in Awantipora.
The killing led to clashes between students and Indian troops in Srinagar and Kupwara and Kulgam districts. Intense clashes erupted in Lalchwok area of Srinagar as soon as the news about the killings reached Srinagar. Students of SP Higher Secondary School and Kothi Bagh Higher Secondary School appeared in the city centre and pelted stones on Indian troops.
Clashes also took place in Handwara area of Kupwara district. All shops were closed in the town in protest against the killing.
On the other hand, hundreds of students of Government Degree College, Kulgam, boycotted their classes and held protests against the killing of the youth. They raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
Meanwhile, the puppet authorities have suspended Internet services in the Kashmir Valley.