Atrocities by Indian troops in 2008

Indian Army officer behind mosque bombing

The startling revelation about a senior Indian Army officer’s involvement in September 2008 bomb blasts at a mosque in Malegoan, Maharashtra state has brought to the fore Indian Army’s apolitical role in country’s communal disturbances.

The sensational disclosure came to light after investigations exposed that one Lt Col Purohit had been supplying the deadly RDX explosive material besides imparting training to the Hindu extremists and terrorists. As the story goes Lt Col Purohit used his links established during his tenure in occupied Jammu and Kashmir for procuring explososives and other weapons where he was posted with 41-Rashtriya Rifles. Lt Col Purohit was involved in training the accused in bomb making and it was on his instructions that funds were made available to those involved in the blast.

Investigations by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) also found that he attended secret meetings of the extremist Hindu group ‘Abhinav Bahart’ in different cities. Around 11 people including serving Lt Colonel Purohit have been taken into custody. The ATS has obtained confessional statements of Lt Col Purohit admitting his pivotal role in plotting and executing the act of terrorism on September 29. The ATS further said that it would like to question at least three more men in uniform believed to be one Major General and two colonels. Investigations further revealed that the accused managed to procure weapons and explosives including RDX using fake documents while he was posted in occupied Kashmir in 2004-05. One Sadhvi Pragya Singh has been declared the mastermind behind the attacks in Malegaon and she was arrested with a retired army major Upadhya with another accomplice S Kulkarni. Upadhaya led the investigations to Lt Col Purohit who is believed to have spilled the beans naming three more top army men. This sinister incident established Indian Army officers hobnobbing with Hindu extremist outfits in the country who have been carrying out bombing, arson, torture and other acts of terrorism against hapless minorities particularly the Muslims. After every bombing strike the blame was conveniently placed on some non-existent Muslim organisation in order to whip up anti-Muslim hatred. Armies everywhere in the world are known to have maintained a strictly professional and secular outlook but the role being played by the army in the neighbourhood defies all descriptions. It is enough to expose India’s claims to be the biggest democracy, which is being used to hide the utmost violations of minorities’ rights and targeting of their places of worships.

Undeclared curfew imposed in occupied Kashmir

In occupied Kashmir, the authorities imposed undeclared curfew in Srinagar, Badgam, Baramulla and Islamabad towns to prevent anti-election protest demonstrations after Juma prayers, today.

Defying curfew restrictions people took to streets in Baramulla town raising anti-India and Freedom slogans.

The authorities had placed under house arrest the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi, Fazl Haq Qureshi and Mian Abdul Qayoom. They were not allowed even to offer Juma prayers. Juma congregations in majority of the mosques including historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar could not be held for the third consecutive Juma, today.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar strongly condemned the actions and urged the international community to take notice of the fact that India was not allowing Kashmiris to perform their religious rites.

Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani, Mohammad Azam Inqalabi, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl and illegally detained APHC leader, Zafar Akbar Butt in their separate statements strongly denounced the terrorist attacks in Indian city Mumbai describing them as highly detestable.

Indian troops martyr five innocent Kashmiris

In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred five innocent Kashmiri youth in Bandipore.

The dead bodies of the martyred were recovered from the debris of three residential houses destroyed by heavy mortar shelling of 14-Rashtriya Rifles during siege and search operation at Sheikh Baba in Sumlar area of the district. Two cowsheds were also damaged and more than 30 cattle died during the operation.

Earlier, two troops were killed in an attack in the same area.

APHC invites international fact-finding missions to Kashmir

Srinagar, November 25 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC), has urged the international community to send its fact finding team to Kashmir to take first hand stock of the situation and witness how India is conducting farce elections in occupied Kashmir in presence of lakhs of troops.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that a Hurriyet delegation visited Baramulla to express solidarity with the family members of the two youth. “A reign of terror has been let loose by troops on the people of Baramulla and adjoining areas after the recent pro-freedom demonstrations,” he said. He also condemned the use of force on peaceful protesters in Pulwama by Indian troops.

Meanwhile, the High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir has expressed serious concern over the human rights violations perpetrated by Indian troops in the occupied territory. The Association in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemned Indian troops’ firing, teargas shelling and lathi charge on peaceful demonstrators in Baramulla and Pulwama.

March to Jamia Masjid

Srinagar, November 05 (KMS): The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani have appealed to the people of occupied Kashmir to massively march towards Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, tomorrow, to mark Jammu Martyrs’ day.

Talking to Kashmir Media Service on telephone, the APHC Chairman said that he was placed under house arrest this morning and was not allowed by the occupation authorities to come out of his residence. He said that if the occupation authorities disallowed the march tomorrow it would be held on Friday, the day after.

The APHC Chairman, while congratulating Barack Obama on his victory in the U.S. presidential elections said that it was high time to resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with Kashmiris’ aspirations for ensuring peace and security in South Asia. Illegally detained senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah in his letter from Srinagar Central Jail addressed to Barack Obama expressed confidence that the new US president would prioritise the Kashmir dispute to get it resolved, once and for all.

The Executive Directors of Kashmir Centres in Washington and London, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai and Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl and the Chairman of JKLF Rajbagh, Farooq Siddiqi in their separate statements also congratulated the US President- elect.

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, in a statement in Srinagar today, deplored that the lawyer of Muhammad Yaseen Malik was not allowed to meet him in Amphala jail in Jammu. The statement expressed concern over the deteriorating health of the detained leader.

Meanwhile, Kashmiris on both sides of the line of control and world over will observe Jammu Martyr’s Day, tomorrow, to renew the pledge that they will not rest till they achieve their right to self-determination. During the first week of November 1947, hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris were massacred by the forces of Maharaja Hari Singh, Indian army and Hindu extremists in different parts of Jammu region while they were migrating to Pakistan.