Protest against atrocities in Bandipore, Shopian

SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, protest demonstrations were held in Bandipore and Shopian towns against atrocities, harassment and detention of youth by Special Operations Group and paramilitary forces.
According to Kashmir Media Service, people in Bandipore town, while observing sympathy with one of the victims of Indian state terrorism, Zahoor Ahmad Hajam, who was killed along with two other youth by paramilitary forces at Qamarwari in Srinagar on Monday, said that the encounter was staged as the Zahoor Ahmad Hajam was preparing for civil services and also
pursuing a master degree.

Schools, shops, business and other commercial establishments remained closed. The traffic also remained off the roads. “He was also given no objection certificate by police when he was appointed for Waqf School,” a resident said.

The protesters said Zahoor Ahmad Hajam was innocent and an impartial probe should be carried out to reach the truth.

Meanwhile, in Shopian town, hundreds of people took to streets against the highhandedness of forces and demanded immediate release of the illegally detained youth. The protesters, while demanding an immediate end to the crackdowns, threatened to intensify the agitation if the highhandedness and house raids were not stopped.

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