Monday, August 29, 2011

"International Day of the Disappeared"

The Association of Parents of Disappeared persons, APDP, staged a protest a day before the world observes the "International Day of the Disappeared" in Sher-e-Kashmir park in Srinagar, Kashmir, India. 29th August 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Clashes after Friday prayers

Srinagar, August 26, 2011: Violent clashes broke out in Nowhatta soon after the Friday prayers were over at the historic Jamia Masjid.
Eyewitnesses said raising pro-freedom slogans, hundreds of youth attempted to take out a peaceful procession. However the police and CRPF, deployed in strength, swung into action to disperse the crowd. Witnesses said, the police cane-charged the protesters and fired numerous tear smoke canisters to disperse them.
As a result of the use of force, eyewitnesses said, the protesters got enraged and they divided themselves into different batches and started hurling stones on the cops.
The intense pitched battle continued till late afternoon.
“The cops caught hold of a boy and thrashed him to pulp,” eyewitnesses said. (GKNN)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Two dead, 15 hurt in Indian Kashmir grenade blasts

SRINAGAR, India, 25 Aug: Two separate grenade attacks launched by suspected militants killed two people, wounded 15 others and sparked mass panic at busy bus terminals in Indian Kashmir, police said.
The first explosion was in Baramulla district, 55 kilometres (35 miles) north of Indian Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar, leaving a civilian and an Indian border guard dead.
A soldier and a civilian were also hurt in the blast, a police spokesman said, adding paramilitary border guards were the target.
In Srinagar, 13 civilians were hurt when a grenade hurled at a paramilitary foot patrol missed the target and hit pedestrians near the main bus terminal in the city.
The blasts sparked panic at both places and people ducked into shops and buildings fearing clashes between rebels and troops.
The blasts were the first major attacks by militants in civilian areas during the ongoing Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
A separatist insurgency has raged in Indian Kashmir, a Muslim-majority state, for over 20 years.
The insurgency has left more than 47,000 people dead since 1989, according to official count. (AFP)

PDP demands action on ''unmarked'' graves, release of prisoners

Srinagar, Aug 25 ; Opposition People's Democratic Party today staged a protest demonstration here demanding release of political prisoners and visible action against those responsible for the unmarked graves in Kashmir.PDP activists led by party president Mehbooba Mufti marched from its headquarters near Pologround to the Residency Road here before they were stopped by a heavy posse of police personnel deployed near Regal Chowk."This is a protest against official repression," PDP spokesman Nayeem Akhtar told PTI.He said today's protest was to demand a proper investigation into the alleged existence of unmarked graves at 38 sites containing more than 2,000 bodies in north Kashmir, which, he claimed, State Human Rights Commission's investigative wing had said existed "beyond doubt"."We are demanding that visible and punitive action should be taken against those who are responsible for these unmarked graves," Akhtar said.He said the party also demanded that identification of the youth, buried in these unmarked graves, should be done so that "the uncertainties their families have lived through ends"."It is a national shame that we have mass graves here and what is more shameful is that the entire civil society and political parties in India are silent on this issue," Akhtar said.PDP also demanded unconditional release of all political prisoners and youths arrested for protests following last year's summer unrest. He termed as "mere cosmetic exercise" the release of 12 political prisoners by the government yesterday.The party activists later held a brief sit-in at Regal Chowk before dispersing peacefully.