Two teenagers among three killed in Badgam

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Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred three including two teenage boys and injured dozens in Chadoora area of Budgam district, today.

The teenage boys, identified as Zahid Rashid and Saqib Ahmad, were killed after being hit by bullets of Indian troops. The martyrs were among the protesters who had gathered at Chadoora to rescue some youth, who had been besieged by Indian troops. Zahid was the lone brother of five sisters. A youth was killed when forces blasted a house in the area. Dozens of civilians were injured in firing by the troops on protesters. Some of the injured have been identified as Mubashir Dar, Bilal Ahmad Dar, Nazir Dar, Ashraf Yatoo, Owais Hassan Dar and Saqib Ahmad Butt.

Meanwhile, the Joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement announced to observe complete shutdown, tomorrow, against the killing of Kashmiri youth by Indian army and police in Kashmir. The leadership called for valley-wide protest demonstrations on Friday. They demanded a probe by a neutral body into the killings in the territory.

The Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar said that the oppression and persecution unleashed by Indian forces in the territory had forced the Kashmiri youth to choose the path of armed struggle for the liberation of their motherland. He asked India to give up its obduracy and respect the political aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

On the other hand, complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama district for the second consecutive day, today, to mourn the killing of two youth martyred by troops in the district on Sunday. All the business establishments and other shops remained shut in the town.

India is sending additional 20,000 paramilitary personnel for deployment in Jammu and Kashmir in the name of security during the forthcoming sham parliamentary by-elections in Srinagar and Islamabad districts.

Speakers at a seminar organized by APHC-AJK in Islamabad, today, paid glowing tributes to martyrs, Advocate Jalil Andrabi and Ishfaq Majeed Wani on their martyrdom anniversaries. They emphasized that the people of Kashmir would not rest till they achieve their inalienable right to self determination.

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