In his statement, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani while condemning the killing of Bashir Ahmed Bhat in Gratabal, Nawa Kadal, said, “The unprovoked firing by the CRPF and police on the peaceful demonstration is another blot on the face of India’s so-called big democracy.”
Geelani appealed for complete shutdown on Thursday, May 1 and called for peaceful protest demonstration after Friday prayers against the killing.
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in his statement strongly condemned the use of “brute and ruthless force by Indian armed forces” against innocent civilians at Nawa Kadal in which one young man was killed and two people including a woman sustained critical injuries.
Mirwaiz lashed out at the government, saying that to “carry out its drama of successfully holding of elections, not only did it turn the state into a garrison, but went to the extent of spilling innocent blood on the streets.”
“Such shameless and cowardly acts time and again expose the vulnerability of Kashmiri people, continuously under siege of the occupational forces and forever their target,” Mirwaiz said, as he appealed the people to observe complete strike on Thursday.
JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik also condemned the killing of the youth and called for a complete shutdown against this “brutal” killing on Thursday. In his statement, Malik termed the killing as “mere frustration of India and its forces.”
Shabir Shah-led Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir has also called for complete shutdown on Thursday against the killing of the youth.
Asiya calls for protests today
While expressing her grief and sorrow over the killing of youth at Nawa Kadal here, Dukhtarn-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi Wednesday said that the incident has proved that elections in Kashmir are a “mere military operation”.
“When people boycott polls, military administrations gets frustrated and in the aggravation, they target our youth. It is in this frustration, they have martyred the youth at Nawa Kadal,” Asiya said in a statement issued here.
While endorsing strike call on Thursday, she urged people to hold protest demonstrations in Kashmir Valley.
“A message must go that people of Kashmir will not remain silent to Indian atrocities.”
She also hailed people and paid tributes to them for staying away from the polls, the statement added.