“It is mayhem. Six are dead and dozens injured. The death toll could rise further,” said one officer. (AFP)
Another day of violence for Kashmir several people were killed and dozens injured when security forces fired on protesters in Indian occupied Kashmir. The incident is alleged to have occurred in Gool, 230 kilometres south of the main city of Srinagar http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23353525
Troops are said to have entered a madrassa (Islamic school) next to a mosque while people where at prayer during Ramadan and complained about the noise from recitals, desecrating a copy of the Holy Quran. A protest then followed outside the Border Security Force (BSF) where witnesses stated that demonstrators were fired on indiscriminately.
According to Reuters News Agency, the inspector general of the BSF, Rajive Krishan was claiming self defence stating the deaths occurred when his men and police fired to disperse a violent mob trying to get into a post where arms and ammunition were stored.
Kashmir Life reporting the following:-
“Eyewitnesses Thursday alleged that it was incharge Chowki officer Sangaldan who opened fire on Lecturer Manzoor Ahmed Shan at Shaddi Ramban.
Manzoor Ahmed Shan son of Abdul Rehman Shan, Lecturer Political Sciences was the first person who got killed during the protests against BSF in Gool Town in Ramban on Thursday.
Eyewitnesses told CNS that Chowki officer Sangaldan fired upon Manzoor from close range and he died on spot. “It was only after the death of Manzoor at the hands of police officer that people got more violent and proceeded towards BSF camp,” eyewitnesses said adding that Manzoor was innocent who was one among hundreds present in the protest.”
According to Kashmir Dispatch… “The six persons who were killed (there may be more) have been identified as Farooq Ahmad, son of Ghulam Ahmad of Salballa Gool, Javid Ahmad (a 4th class student), son of Abdul Salam of Goie Dharam Gool, Muhammad Latif, son of Abdul Rashid of Jamlan Dharm and Manzoor Ahmad Shan (a lecturer of Higher Secondary School), son of Abdur Rahman of Gool, Mohammad Amin and Nissar Ahmad.
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Official ‘Ameer’ Jama’t ud Da’wah Islamic Dawah & Philanthropic Organization strongly condemned the killing of innocent civilians stating on Twitter that “these atrocities on Kashmiris in this sacred month of Ramadan should immediately stop. World community should not remain oblivious”. He also had a message for Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, “this is not the time to remain silent; Government of Pakistan should take strong stance on Jammu and Kashmir now”.
A curfew will be imposed in Srinagar and other towns in the Kashmir Valley on Friday due to tension in the Ramban Area as a result of killings. Free Press Kashmir are reporting the call from separatist leaders for a shutdown, 3 day strike from tomorrow in protest at the violence with demonstrations likely in the centre of Srinagar on Friday http://freepresskashmir.com/valley-to-remain-under-curfew-on-friday-200718/
India has long been accused of committing and ignoring human rights abuses, see report, Alleged Perpetrators, Stories of Impunity in Jammu and Kashmir compiled by the International Peoples on Human Rights and Justice in Indian Administered Kashmir (IPTK) and Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons http://www.scribd.com/doc/115733608/Alleged-Perpetrators-Report
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”.