Amnesty concerned over pepper gas use in IHK
Srinagar, March 22, 2013 (PPI-OT): The human rights watchdog, Amnesty International has expressed concern over the reports of the use of pepper gas by Indian troops to quell street protests in occupied Kashmir.
In a statement the Amnesty urged the Indian authorities to stop use of pepper gas and conduct a prompt, thorough and independent investigation into the three deaths that were reportedly caused by the use of pepper gas in occupied Kashmir.
The killings occurred during anti-India protests in the territory in the aftermath of Muhammad Afzal Guru’s hanging in Delhi’s Tihar jail. On the other hand, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has urged religious organizations and scholars across India to build pressure on New Delhi and the authorities in the territory to lift restrictions on Hurriyet leaders.
The Chairman of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, Maulana Syed Arshad Madani talking to a Srinagar-based daily over phone extended full support to the Mirwaiz and said that there should be no restrictions on the activities of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
The detained Hurriyet leaders and activists including APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza were not allowed to offer Juma prayers. Syed Ali Gilani was arrested and locked at Humhama Police Station in Srinagar when he tried to come out of his residence.
A protest rally was held from Jamia Masjid Srinagar to Gojwara Chowk against the detention and house arrest of the Hurriyet leaders.
Hurriyet leaders including Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Zafar Akbar Butt and Yasmeen Raja in their separate statements greeted the people and the government of Pakistan on the Pakistan Day.
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