Geelani calls for Friday protest over Handwara incident, restrictions

Geelani calls for Friday protest over Handwara incident, restrictions

SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, on Thursday called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers over the Handwara incident.
In a statement issued here, he said protest should be held against the continuous detention of the girl, inaction against government forces responsible for civilian killings, “unjust” suspension of government employee, and restrictions on the funeral prayers of Amanullah Khan.
He said the PDP-BJP government has “unleashed a reign of terror” in the state, with army and police given a free hand over people.
“The government forces snatched five precious human lives in Handwara and it remains unattended till date. Then authorities, as routine, announced an enquiry commission but no serious efforts were made in this regard.
“It was followed with removal of a bunker from Handwara Chowk on which the pro-India politicians held celebrations and tried to take its credit. This is the devious politics which has nothing to do with the lives and deaths of common masses,” he said.
Geelani said until Kashmiris learn from their mistakes and remove their weaknesses, “our path to freedom will get lengthened”.
Questioning the continuous detention of Handwara girl, Hurriyat (G) chairman said it “puts a big question mark over the authenticity of the video clip which was recorded in the police station”.
“That was actually aimed at diverting the attention of people from the innocent killings. Now the truth is slowly coming to fore that police under a well thought-out plan had tried to mislead the people and are covering the truth,” he said.
He expressed dismay over the suspension of government employees from their services.
“It is like the pot calling the kettle black. This is the height of lawlessness,” he said.
Geelani said the silence over such “oppression” is a “great sin and against our faith”.
“By holding peaceful protests, we will send a message to whole world that Kashmiris are facing the worst kind of Indian state terrorism and the human lives in this part of the world are in danger,” he said.
He appealed youth to “remain peaceful and disciplined while protesting and don’t give any chance to uncontrolled and undisciplined government forces to cause anymore damage”.

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