SRINAGAR A complete shutdown was observed in Tral town of Pulwama district for the fourth consecutive day against the killing of six militants by the troops.
The troops killed the militants during a cordon and search operation in Arampora area of Tral on Saturday. The Tral and Awantipora areas of Pulwama observed a complete shutdown for fourth straight day.
All shops and other commercial establishments remained closed while public transport also remained off the roads in Tral and Awantipora areas to mourn the killings.
A large number of people participated in the Chahrum of these slain militants and expressed condolences and offered the prayers.
An APHC delegation comprising Bilal Siddiqi, Molvi Bashir Ahmed and Muhammad Yasin Attai and a team of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement visited Tral and Pulwama areas and expressed solidarity with the families of the slain militants. Meanwhile the residents of Pulwama district including businessmen, lawyers and students are suffering immensely due to continued suspension of the mobile internet service by the authorities.
The authorities had suspended the mobile internet service in the district on 15 th December following the killing of seven civilians and three militants by Indian troops in Sirnoo area of the district. Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has also expressed serious concern over the ill-treatment meted out to the Kashmiri detainees lodged in Kathua Jail in Jammu by the prison authorities.
Sehrai in a statement said that the family members and relatives of some of the detainees lodged in Kathua Jail informed that the jail authorities had made the life of the inmates miserable as they were beaten every day without any reason.
He said that the Kashmiri prisoners were lodged in small cells along with criminals deliberately where they were further tortured by those criminals and at times by jail staff as well.
He urged the Kashmir High Court Bar Association and human rights organisations to take up the matter with International Committee of Red Cross, Amnesty International and Asia Watch so that they visit Kathua Jail and see for themselves as to how the Kashmiri detainees were being maltreated by the jail authorities.
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