SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday appealed people to jointly offer Friday prayers at Aripanthan Budgam and pay homage to four people martyred there on Tuesday.
Geelani said the Beerwah chalo and joint prayers are to acknowledge the sacrifices of people for the right to self-determination.
“The SHO police station Magam Aftab Ahmad was leading from the front in the night raids in search of youth who where participating in recent protests. They started barging and smashing everything coming their way and beating the inmates throughout the night,” he said.
He said the following morning the local people were up in arms against the “high-handedness” and “atrocities” of police and other forces. “As the CRPF vehicles were passing by some youth started pelting stones and in response to this, forces started indiscriminate firing, killing four youth on spot and injuring several others,” he added.
Geelani said that for the last one-and-a-half month, Kashmir has been turned into a big “slaughterhouse”.
“We can’t sit idle and watch this carnage going on and on without any pause, but will fight this brutality at every front,” he added.
Strongly condemning the cold-blooded murder of 30-year-old lecturer Shabir Ahmad Mango of Khrew, Geelani said that police and SOG have started new tactics of harassing people.
“They enter into Masjids and announce about the protests. When people come out they smash their houses and beat them to pulp,” he said while terming it as a worst kind of “barbarism” and “brutality”.
“This new definition of Indian ‘democracy’ should be a harsh slap on the face of those who still think Kashmir to be the integral part of India,” he said.
Warning India and its local agents, Geelani said that the time has come to confront aggression at every front because “this is the definite and deciding phase of our struggle”.
Commenting on the reports that the Amnesty International is closing down its offices and suspending its activities in India after threats from Indian extremists, Geelani said that it is unfortunate that majority of the people of India are driven away by these fascist forces with sick mentality who can’t even tolerate Human Rights Organizations.
“This is a big blot on the already mutated face of so-called Indian democracy,” he added.