Police arrest, injure women protesters in Srinagar
London, December 13 : The Amnesty International has urged India to initiate independent, impartial, prompt and efficient probe into the gross violations of human rights in occupied Kashmir.
Referring to a recently released report of two Srinagar-based human rights organisations, Raheela Narchoor, the researcher at the Amnesty International, has said in a statement in London that the Indian government and its authorities in the occupied territory must bring anyone to justice suspected of offences related to these violations irrespective of the rank.
The statement added that the draconian laws such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Disturbed Areas Act and policing practices in Kashmir shielded by such laws had long fostered a culture of impunity in the region for the personnel of Indian army and paramilitary forces.
Another Asia-based human rights watchdog, Asian Federation Against Enforced Disappearances in a statement released in Quezon City of the Philippines urged India to respect, promote and defend the human rights in the territory and fulfill its international obligations.
And in Srinagar, police arrested and subjected to severe torture dozens of women activists during a protest demonstration, which was led by the patron of Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement, Farida Behanji, today. The protest was held against the miserable plight of illegally detained Kashmiri leaders and activists and arbitrary arrests of youth in the territory.
APHC leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Muhammad Azam Inqilabi in their separate statements in Srinagar paid rich tributes to the prominent pro-freedom leader, Sofi Muhammad Akbar on the eve of his death anniversary.
Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one Kashmiri youth at Chearhaar in Sopore. A teenaged girl was killed and two others were injured when a powerful bomb planted by Indian troops went off at Lolab in Kupwara.
Around 80 detainees have fallen ill due to consumption of poor quality food in the highly fortified Central Jail in Srinagar.