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Crashing a Funeral


by Marivel Guzman

Crashing the Funeral

Thousands participated in the funeral prayers of killed militant commander Zakir Musa at his native Noorpora village of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. (FPK Photo/Wasim Nabi)

The Indian forces love to show up at social and religious gatherings, funeral processions, and public protests. They are easy at shooting pellets and live ammunition against the crowd regardless of who get hit. Truth, protesters pelt security forces with small rocks that could easily dent the heavily armed soldiers helmets or armor, but to respond with live ammunition or pellets is just excessive.

A man has been killed and at least 70 people have been injured during clashes between protesters and New Delhi forces in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Some fifty people were taken to a local hospital after Indian government troops fired shotgun pellets and live bullets to push the protesters back in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Wednesday.

Witnesses said that thousands of villagers poured onto roads as two suspected fighters fought a gun battle with soldiers from inside a house in the area. Protesters pelted government forces with stones to give the fighters cover to escape, they said. May 29 (PressTV)

When Kashmirs assemble to protest a local or state measure police and army forces appears in the hundreds. But, during funeral processions they show up in the thousands.

 

video credit by Ruptly

 

During funerals, It is common to see slogans against India and photos of slain militants. This practice outrages the army, who turn any public event into a “violent crashing” event.

Kashmir bid the last goodbyes to Zakir Rushid Bhat (Mousa Zakir,) thousands took to the streets to bid farewells and to protest his death. He was seeing as a hero who could bring independence to the valley. For India, he was just a terrorist in its list of most wanted list. But the truth is that his death won’t bring peace or security to the valley. Every time one militant is killed or incarcerated, the unrest grows, and more youth abandon school to join the ranks of militancy.

 

 

Indian occupied Kashmir, otherwise known as “India administered Kashmir” is one of the spots on earth more militarized. There are close to a million troops patrolling cities, villages, highways. roads, phones, social media, WhatsApp and every aspect of life of the population.

Very annoying don’t you think? Besides all this Orwellian big brother control, at the first sigh of ‘unrest’ internet and mobile services get disconnected.

The Constitution of India grants citizens the fundamentalr right to freedom of speech and expression, including the right to gather information and exchange thoughts withing and outside India. Press freedom has been read into the freedom of speech and expression. in 2017, a landmark Supreme Court ruling recognized privacy as a fundamental right embedded in the right to life, liberty, and freedom of expression.

According to Internet Shutdown Tracker website, only in 2019, India has 320 internet shutdown instances , 162 are in Jammu and Kashmir area. These are few of the shutdowns and the reason for it, according to official sources.

Mobile internet suspended as a precautionary measure in the wake of a cordon and search operation. May 31, 2019

Mobile internet services were suspended as a precautionary measure after security forces launched an encounter operation against militants. “Jun 01, 2019

In the wake of killing of two militants in an encounter with government forces at Satipora area of Shopian district in south Kashmir, mobile internet services were suspended on Sunday, 12th May 2019 in the district.

Since 1990, the Indian Parliament adopted the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA, ) which gives the army unlimited powers to act in the occupied areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to Foreign Policy in Focus website, In 2010, Indian forces shot and killed more than 135 unarmed civilians. Nearly half of them were teenagers, and the youngest was eight years old.

“Cordon and Search Operation” (CASO), “terrorists killed,” “fire exchange with militants” and “encounters with militants” are some terms used by mainstream media to report on deaths of militants or civilians. The line gets blurred here because Indian forces blamed the civilians for their own death. According to Indian officials, during encounters with militants, the civilian population enter CASO areas at their own risk. Take in consideration that these operations occur in every city and village of J&J. More than often such operations end with the destruction by fire of homes where militants are found hiding regardless if  such place was his home. India uses incendiary devices to drive the militants out of their hiding and often they leave unexploited bombs in the area that claim civilian lives.

Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), in effect in Kashmir since 1990, guarantee impunity to military personnel accused of these crimes and others outlined in the UN inquiry (2017) and “Torture Report,” (2019.)

On July 08, 2016, Burhan Wani was killed in an army operation. Thousands came out to the streets to pay respects to the young Commander. The same day
At least 16 persons were killed and over 200 were injured in protests and clashes. Two weeks later that number climbed to 25 civilians killed during the protests.

“On 8 July, Wani wasn’t the only man killed. Along with him were two others – Pervaiz Ahmad and Sartaj Sheikh. Clashes in the valley over Wani’s death have already claimed over 45 lives.

“Behind Burhan Wani’s killing lies a story of deception and betrayal in which his death was just collateral damage — the original target was the man accompanying him,” reports The Indian Express, quoting interviews with police officials, intelligence officials and secret documents” The Quint, July 25, 2016

On May 23, Zakir Musa was killed in an army operation. Indian websites portrayed him as the most wanted terrorist. In J&K he was a hero and now martyr. Right after his death, the valley went out to the streets to protest the killings, the situation and to mourn the militant.

Since Wani was killed two years ago J&K was surrounded by Cordon and search operations ( COSO,) in an attempt to curtail the violence, the army said, but the truth is that these operations had left more innocent killed than militants.

Again thousands of Kashmirs came out to the streets to mourn and say their last farewells. As usual, his murder sparked protests in all the Valley and the cycle of violence continues.

After a long year of recorded cases of civilians deaths, on May 2017, the United Nations issued a report, asking an inquiry into human rights violations in Kashmir, where Indian forces are charged  with using extreme force and live ammunition during protests and funerals.

On February this year, a new 550-page report, by Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS)”Torture Indian State’s Instrument of Control in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir was published with documented cases of torture. This report may be used, reproduced, or translated freely for non-commercial purposes, with due acknowledgment and attributions.

“Torture is the most under-reported human rights violation perpetrated by the state,” the report noted. “Due to legal, political and moral impunity extended to the armed forces, not a single prosecution has taken place in any case of human rights violations” in the region, the report said.

India denies all allegations of torture, excessive use of force, murder of civilians, destruction of private and public property.

Indian authorities said they would study the report before commenting on it. In the past, officials have acknowledged torture exists in Kashmir but have denied that Indian forces strategically use sexual and other abuses to control the population, AP said

“Indian authorities said they would study the report before commenting on it. In the past, officials have acknowledged torture exists in Kashmir but have denied that Indian forces strategically use sexual and other abuses to control the population.” said AP.
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