Indian troops kill three Kashmiris on suspicion of being Pakistani nationals

Indian troops martyr three Kashmiri youth in a fake encounter on suspicion of being ‘Pakistani militants’.

According to details, Indian Army’s 62 Rashtriya Rifles had conducted a cordon and search operation in Keller Amshipora area of Shopian district on July 18.

During the operation Indian troops martyred three Kashmiri laborers who were the residents of Kashmir’s Rajouri district.

The deceased were identified by Indian forces as ‘Pakistani militants’. However, local residents have refuted Indian Army’s claims, stating that two of the deceased were working as masons in the vicinity.

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The deceased have been identified as Abrar Gujar, Imtiyaz Gujar and Abrar Khan.

One of the victim’s family members has said that they hadn’t any contact with the three victims since July 17.

Earlier, the International Crisis Group (ICG) had urged India’s allies to assure the restoration of Kashmir’s statehood status.

In its report ‘Raising the stakes in Jammu and Kashmir’, ICG highlighted that extensive use of force by Indian forces and totalitarian policies practiced by Indian government has backfired and has further added to Kashmiris’ dissent against India.

“India has long used draconian laws to contain militancy, civil uprisings and dis-sent in Kashmir, leading to a dangerous climate of impunity for security forces,” it said.

Furthermore, Indian human rights violation and illegal targeting of Kashmiri youth has resulted in disgruntled young Kashmiris who have resorted to picking up arms once again, launching a new and violent phase of the Kashmir conflict, the report added.