Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, forceful demonstrations rocked the territory, today, over the recent killing of four innocent civilians including a woman in the unprovoked firing of Indian Army personnel on peaceful protesters in Kupwara district.
Call for the demonstrations was given by the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, and Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
Defying curfew and other restrictions, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Handwara, Kupwara, Ganderbal, Kangan, Islamabad, Sopore, Baramulla, Shopian, Bandipora, Kulgam and other areas and raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Indian troops and police personnel fired pallets and teargas shell to break up the demonstrations at different places injuring many people. Severe clashes were witnessed between the demonstrators and the Indian forces’ personnel in Srinagar, Handwara, Kupwara, Sopore and other areas.Indian police arrested the Chairperson of Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen, Zamruda Habib, along with several party members, many leaders and activists of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, and human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, during protest rallies in Srinagar. The police also took into custody the human rights activists, Parvaiz Imroz, Khurram Parvaiz and Abdul Qadeer when they were on their way to Handwara to meet the families of the martyred civilians. The members of Kashmir High Court Bar Association boycotted the court proceedings to express solidarity with the families of the martyrs.
On the other hand, the puppet authorities have put all Hurriyet leaders under house arrest or behind the bars to prevent them from visiting the families of the victims. The authorities have also suspended the mobile Internet service to stop people from sharing information about the situation in the territory. Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid was sealed and people were not allowed to hold Juma prayers at the mosque.
The APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and other Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, who are under house arrest and illegal detention in their statements strongly condemned the imposition of restrictions in the territory and crackdown on pro-freedom leaders. They deplored that on one hand, Indian troops were murdering innocent civilians, while on the other people were not being allowed to mourn the killing of their dear ones.