Besides, 19 men and 8 women total 27 persons got killed on the other side of the line of divide reportedly due to continuous acrimony and exchange of fire between the forces deployed there.
32 civilians were killed in firing or shelling across the line of divide in Jammu & Kashmir. 03 civilians were allegedly killed by armed youth for being Indian army informers. 14 civilians were killed by blasts that occurred by grenades, shells or by mysterious blasts.
03 civilians lost their life by cardiac arrest due to shock due to the harassment/fear caused by forces. 01 civilian died due to suffocation caused by tear smoke shells. 02 died in Police custody. 01 civilian was used by forces as human shield. 01 person lost his life due to stone injury during a stone-pelting incident. 03 civilians were crushed by government forces vehicles.
The Kashmir’s chief religious cleric Mirwaiz Dr. Molvi Mohammad Umar Farooq and Chairman APHC was 17 times barred during the year on the eve of Fridays from performing religious obligations. He was kept for 113 days in house confinement.
Out of 63 wounded, 39 were having metal-pellet injuries and 35 were hit in eye, others were having bullet injuries. On November 25, 40 persons inflicted with pellet and bullet injuries were admitted in district hospital Shopian, 19-month old baby girl from Shopian was also injured on this fatal day.
17 receive pellet injuries on 02 September in Laddi village in Shopian and 15 youth sustain pellet injuries in Panzan Budgam on 27 September and on May 07, Srinagar hospitals receive 45 youth with bullet and pellet injuries.
Over 5,600 mostly youth, were detained at various police stations in the valley in 2018 alone. Those arrested under the PSA have been lodged in jails outside the valley and also, in many cases, in different jails outside the state.
In a letter dated 10 December, 2018 from Chairman Mirwaiz Mohammad Umar Farooq to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, APHC demanded the 5 establishments of a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive and independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir,” reads the report.
Pertinently, State exercises curfew as a tool to suppress civil liberties and inflict collective punishment on the entire population. Kashmiries have been denied of right to protest, demonstrations, and right to peaceful march.