Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Saturday released a report about deaths in the Valley this year and claimed that 97 civilians were among 391 people killed in Kashmir in 2017.
The Hurriyat (M) released the annual report about killings in Valley today.
As per the report, 391 deaths were reported from the Valley this year.
“Among the dead include 97 civilians, 81 forces personnel and 212 militants. A counter-insurgent was also killed this year,” it states.
According to the report, the graph of killings this year was on higher side.
“In 2016, 389 people including civilians, militants and force personnel were killed in Kashmir,” it said.
It further states that of the 97 civilians casualties this year, 36 were killed in forces action and one of them was killed in a fake encounter.
“29 persons including eight Amaranth yatris were killed by unidentified gunmen. Seven persons were killed in grenade blasts and eight died in cross-firing incidents between forces and militants. Nine civilians were killed in firing or shelling between Indian and Pakistani troops. Four persons working as bank guards lost their lives during attacks on the bank vans. A civilian died of heart attack while running for safety during clashes while another died due to suffocation caused by the tear smoke shells. A person lost his life due to stone injury during a stone-pelting/throwing incident. A civilian also died in petrol bomb attack,” it states.
According to the report, 3 civilians were killed in February, 8 in March, 18 in April, 12 in May, 7 in June, 12 in July, 13 in August, 6 in September, 12 in October, 2 in November and 4 in December.
The annual report stated that curbs on the public movement in Kashmir continued throughout the year. “Imposition of curfew, restrictions on peoples’ movement, arrests, booking people under infamous Public Safety Acts (PSAs), snapping of internet services, protest, use of lethal weapons by the forces as crowd control measure continued unabated.”
It states that several reports of torture also came to fore.
“Although the incidents of enforced disappearances and fake encounters have
come down but serious allegation of a fake encounter from a family in Handwara area reported in Hafrada forest of Handwara in August clearly serve as pointer that such phenomenon do still continue,” added the report.