SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of amalgam’s provincial president for Jammu and Udhampur Desh Raj Sharma due to cardiac arrest in Mumbai. The deceased also headed the Awami Action Committee district Jammu Udhampur.
In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz termed Sharma’s death as a “big loss to the people’s movement for right to self determination of J&K” as the deceased was a “strong supporter” of “this principled stand” and played a very active role in promoting and educating people of Jammu and Udhampur about it.
“Sharma’s death is a personal loss to me. He was a man of exemplary courage and faith in the right fullness of his conviction, who despite being attacked many times by goons for his political convictions did not give up. Even his home and family were attacked but he stood like a rock. During the current agitation, Sharma raised the issue of atrocities against people in Kashmir many times and was very concerned about the human right violations perpetrated here,” Mirwaiz said.
“The nation pays glorious tribute and homage to this son of the soil whose service for the freedom movement will always be remembered and will continue to inspire many to follow his footsteps,” Mirwaiz said.
A condolence meeting of the conglomerate attended by Advocate Abdul Majeed Banday, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam and other Hurriyat leaders was held at its headquarters at Rajbagh in which glowing tributes were paid to the deceased leader.
The meeting while expressing grief over the demise of D R Sharma recalled his contributions in organising various activities of the Hurriyat in Jammu province and conveyed sympathy and solidarity of the organisation with the Sharma family.
Meanwhile, a Hurriyat (M) delegation and AAC left for Jammu to express solidarity with Sharma’s family and convey Mirwaiz’s condolences to the bereaved family.