Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Front (JKLF) activists took out a protest march in this summer capital city Monday against the killing of a youth in Bandipora district in police firing last week.
Dozens of JKLF activists led by senior leaders Noor Muhammad Kawal, zonal president of the party, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Showkat Ahmad Bakshi and Ashraf Bin Salaam, marched from the uptown Maisuma headquarters of the party shouting slogans against the alleged killings of Kashmiris by forces.
Bhat told reporters during the protest: “India has been using police and army to scuttle our peaceful protests as the killings of Kashmiris at the hands of the Indian security forces continues.”
“Today’s protest march was scheduled to be led by our chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, but after we made the announcement, Malik Sahib was arrested and we do not know where he is being detained. “These tactics will not work and time will soon come when India will have to leave Kashmir,” Bhat added.
Police intercepted the JKLF marchers and dispersed them.
Around two dozen JKLF leaders and activists were taken into preventive custody.
Several leaders and activists of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference also staged a demonstration at Srinagar’s press colony against the killing.
The protesters, including senior leaders Javaid Ahmad Mir, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Ghulam Qadir Rah, Syed Basher Andrabi, Imityaz Ahmad Reshi, Farooq Ahmad Saudagar, Jaffer Kashmiri, Ghulam Ahmad Mir and Sidiq Hazari, demanded “stern action and immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the gory crime.”
The leaders, holding placards, also denounced “the continuous house arrest of amalgam chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and senior leader Zaffar Akbar Bhat, and continuous detention of Er Hilal Ahmad War,” according to a statement.