In the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), local security forces in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred 291 innocent Kashmiris including six women and 18 young boys during 2017, reported Radio Pakistan on Monday.
According to a data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on Monday, 22 of those martyred died while in custody. The killings by Indian security forces rendered 31 women widowed and 73 children orphaned while 211 women were disgraced or molested by the men in uniform during the year, added the report.
Indian paramilitary and police personnel during house raids, crackdowns, bullet, pellet and PAVA firings and teargas shelling subjected 4,674 civilians to torture, while 3,529 persons including Hurriyet leaders Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shahidul Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali, Mohammad Aslam Wani, photojournalist Kamran Yousuf, Syed Salahuddin’s son Syed Shahid Yousuf and Javaid Ahmad, activists, students, young boys and women leaders were arrested.
In December alone, the report continued, Indian forces martyred 14 Kashmiris including two women. The killings rendered two children orphaned.
As many as, 181 people were injured due to use of brute force, bullets, pellets and teargas shells by the Indian troops and police personnel against peaceful protesters while 197 civilians including Hurriyet leaders and activists were arrested in last month of 2017.
Indian forces’ personnel also destroyed and damaged 125 residential houses and disgraced 10 during the period.