SRINAGAR: Indian troops in occupied Kashmir shot dead at least five Kashmiri youth on Saturday in the Kupwara district.
The troops killed the youth during a military operation in Tangdhar area of the district. The operation continued till reports last came in, reported Kashmir Media Service.
Yesterday, dozens of people were injured when Indian troops used brute force on peaceful protesters in Srinagar.
People took out a pro-freedom and anti-India rally after the Friday prayers which ended at historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar. The participants of the rally raised high-pitched slogans in favour of freedom and against India.
The Indian troops deployed in the area fired pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes between the demonstrators and the troops. Dozens of people were injured, some of them critically, in the troops’ action. Eyewitnesses said that many teargas shells exploded inside the premises of the mosque.
The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a tweet while condemning the use of force against the protesters said the heavy deployment of Indian forces’ personnel outside the grand mosque leads to tension and agitation in the area.
Earlier, addressing a gathering at the Jamia Masjid, the Mirwaiz expressed serious concern over increasing tension between Pakistan and India on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary and urged the two countries to settle the lingering Kashmir dispute.