Indian forces kill three innocent Kashmiri men in Srinagar, allege they were ‘fighters’

According to official data, India has killed more than 200 people this year.

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Indian occupying forces said they killed three ‘fighters’ in an overnight gunbattle in Srinagar, Indian-occupied Kashmir.

However, the families of the martyred said they were innocent civilians.

Indian occupying forces in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. (Getty Images/T. Mustafa)

The three were identified as 25-year-old Zubair Ahmad from Shopian, and 22-year-old Aijaz Ganai and 16-year-old Ather Mushtaq from Pulwama.

The three had traveled from their towns to Srinagar on Tuesday to complete applications to the University of Kashmir.

According to official data, India has killed more than 200 people this year.

Indian occupying forces in Srinagar, Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. (Mukhtar Khan/AP)

It is rare for these victims’ families to contest official claims that their loved ones had belonged to armed groups, but the families staged a protest outside the Srinagar Police Control Room.

A spokesman for the Indian Army declined to comment, referring the matter to the police.

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Bashir Ahmad Ganai, Aijaz Ganai’s grandfather, told reporters present at the families’ protest that his grandson was not a fighter.

“He was a student. Why did they kill him?” he said.

(AP)

Kashmiri freedom fighters have been resisting Indian occupation since 1989, demanding independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan.

The fighting has killed tens of thousands of people – mostly civilians.

Protests in Srinagar, Indian-occupied Kashmir, on the 1st of November, 2019. (AP)

Rights groups say cash rewards given to government forces for killing alleged fighters and emergency military laws help perpetuate rights violations. Authorities deny the claims.

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