ISLAMABAD - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned the killing of protesters by the Indian Border Security Force troops in Ramban district of occupied Kashmir.

The OIC in a statement issued from Jeddah said, "The Secretary General Professor Ekmeleddin Ehsanoglu has expressed his deep concern and condemnation of the recent wave of violence against the people of Kashmir by the Indian forces which reportedly caused the death and injury of a number of Kashmiri people," KMS reported.

As per the statement, the Secretary General also appealed to the Indian authorities to show restraint, avoid excessive use of force, and respect the people's will and rights in order to help improve the situation in the occupied territory and in the region at large.

Meanwhile, all the top Hurriyet leadership continued to remain under house arrest or in police custody for the fifth consecutive day, on Monday, in the aftermath of Indian troops' firing in Gool area of Ramban district that left four civilians dead and triggered Kashmir-wide protests.

The Chairmen of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Geelani continued to remain under house arrest at their Hyderpora and Nigeen residencies respectively, KMS reported.

Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, liberation leader Javed Ahmad Mir along with others are lodged at Kothibagh Police Station in Srinagar.

National Front Chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan is also under house arrest.

Meanwhile, protests over condemnable act of desecration of the holy Quran and subsequent killings by Indian troops in Ramban district of Indian-occupied Kashmir have spread out to New Delhi as students and members of civil society staged a protest demonstration.

Protest staged at Jantar Mantar demanding the arrest of accused BSF men, demilitarisation and repeal of draconian black laws from the territory, reported KMS.

The protesters condemning the killing of civilians sought investigation in all crimes committed under draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), prosecution of guilty persons and compensation for the victims.

The protest was organised on the appeal of Save Sharmila Campaign and Mission Bhartiyam. The protest among others was joined and supported by AISA, Campus Front of India, Jamia Teachers' Solidarity Association, Jamia Students Solidarity and PUDR.

Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign is an India-wide campaign in support of Irom Sharmila and for the repeal of the AFSPA. The organisers termed the BSF firing on unarmed protesters as ‘shameful and unacceptable’.

"The Ramban incident is a prima facie case of coercive method adopted by the armed personnel. It highlights the highhandedness of the forces that they have acquired over a period of time due to their absolute powers and impunity granted to them," said Ravi Nitesh, founder of Mission Bhartiyam.

Separately, national flags of Pakistan and AJK remained at half mast the third consecutive day on Monday to mourn over the recent desecration of holy Quran in a mosque and the subsequent martyrdom of at least eight Kashmiri protesters by the Indian troops at District of Ramban area of Indian-held Kashmir.

The AJK government had announced the four-day mourning to express extreme resentment and indignation and protest over the tragic incident in which Indian forces gunned down innocent Kashmiri Muslims while they were offering Tarawee prayers at a mosque in Gool town last Wednesday night and later shot dead several more Kashmiri Muslims protesting against the incident next day in Ramban and other cities of the Indian-occupied Kashmir.

The protest rallies and demonstrations would be held in various AJK cities including the capital city of Muzaffarabad against the desecration of the holy Quran and brutal killing of Kashmiri protesters.