KL NEWS NETWORK
During the last 100 days of siege – since the killing of Burhan Wani, Kashmir has witnessed gross violations of human rights in the form of extrajudicial executions, injuries, illegal detentions, torture, vandalism of civilian properties, ban on congregational religious activities, media gags, and a ban on communication and internet services, according to a brief statement issued by J&K Coalition of Civil Societies (JKCCS).
The human right group believes that in last 100 days 100 civilians were killed as more than 15,000 were injured. Of the 4500 who received pellet injuries, the statement said 1000 received eye injuries. It put detentions at eight thousand of whom 450 were booked under Public Safety Act.
“There has been an intense crackdown on media, including incidents of beatings and shooting of pellets on photojournalists,” the statement said, also mentioning the ban on Kashmir Reader. “There have also been attacks on ambulances, medical aid workers by the security agencies.”
Offering details of the interim fact-finding and verification, JKCCS said of the 100 civilians killed 61 were from four South Kashmir districts of Anantnag (25), Kulgam (13), Pulwama (13) and Shopian (10). It said 24 people were killed in central Kashmir which includes 13 people Srinagar, 10 in Budgam and one in Ganderbal district. The balance 15, according to JKCCS, are from north Kashmir with 2 people in Bandipora, 7 in Baramulla and 6 in Kupwara.
The group said that five of the slain civilians were women, five “drowned to death following their attempts to escape state forces”.
It said pellet shotguns resulted in 18 killings and 80 percent of the killed people are below the age of 30. JKCCS said in only 7 cases have the police registered criminal cases recording the accurate circumstances of the killing.