Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday called for complete shutdown on April 30.
“We should completely boycott the election drama on April 30 and May 7 and send a clear message to the Indian rulers and their agents in Kashmir that whole Kashmiri nation is against the military occupation of India, and until a single Indian solider is in Jammu and Kashmir, we will continue our resistance,” Geelani said in a statement.
He said Hurriyat had already called for a shutdown on April 30 in central Kashmir only, “but to pay tributes to the three mujahideen (who were slain in an encounter with troops on Friday) for their great sacrifices and to highlight the need of election boycott, Hurriyat has called for statewide shutdown on April 30 and protest demonstrations against the arrests and detentions of Hurriyat leaders and youngsters.”
Paying tributes to the three slain militants, Abdul Haq, M Asif Wani and Shabir Goursi, Geelani said, “These beloved youth should have been studying in universities and colleges but the forced occupation of India and its arrogance of power is forcing these youth to adopt this path of bravery and boldness and they are sacrificing their present for the future of their nation.”
“Geelani Sahab expressed his deep sorrow and concern over the video in which the Indian army is mistreating and misbehaving with the dead bodies of three martyred mujahideen and as a fun they are photographing with them one by one,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, police on Sunday restricted the use of mobile and telephone services at Geelani’s residence.
“A police party once again searched the head office and informed that the restrictions will continue till next orders and no one from this office can move out or no one can enter from outside,” Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said in a separate statement.
He said Station House Office of Humhama police station visited the Hurriyat office on Sunday morning and ordered that the use of mobile and telephone services are barred till further orders.
“Besides the Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leaders Peer Saifullah, Raja Meraj-ud-Din and Mohammad Yousuf Mujahid, there are about a dozen office bearers imprisoned in the head office and there movement has been completely restricted. The people who come here to meet Geelani Sahab are not allowed to enter and even close relatives are also restricted,” the statement said.