Protests held against Yakub’s hanging

Protests held against Yakub’s hanging

Hurriyat (G) march expresses solidarity with Jammu Muslims; Varsity students offer prayers for Mullah Omar, Yakub

Srinagar: Protests erupted in Nowhatta and some other areas of old Srinagar city after Friday prayers against the hanging of the lone 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon in Nagpur jail a day ago.
A group of protestors led by Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi assembled outside Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and tried to take out a march. The protestors while carrying portraits of JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat, parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Memon shouted anti-India slogans. As soon as the protestors attempted to march ahead, police swiftly acted and dispersed them.
“Muslims are not safe in any part of India. To turn their dream of making India a Hindu Rashtra, Muslims are being sent to gallows,” Asiya said.
“They martyred Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, then Afzal Guru and now Yakub Memon. The aim of Hindutva parties is to slaughter Muslims whether he is a Kashmiri or an Indian,” she said.
Memon was executed at the Nagpur jail where he had spent almost half of his more than 20 years in prison since he was convicted for playing a crucial role in the serial bombings in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed in 1993 following the killing of more than 900 people, mostly Muslims, during riots in the wake of Babri Masjid demolition.
Funeral prayers were offered to Yakub at Kashmir University after Friday nimaz. Kashmir University Students Union, which organised the prayers, also demonstrated against the hanging and as a mark of solidarity with Jammu Muslims on the call of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani.
A KUSU spokesman said the funeral prayers were also held for Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Omar. Before the prayers, the students addressed the gathering.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (G) activists took out a rally to express solidarity with the Muslims of Jammu region, who they said are being targeted by Hindutva groups, especially in the Chenab Valley.
The peaceful march led by Hurriyat leader Altaf Shah and Imtiyaz Haider started from Iqra Masjid in Sarai Bala and ended on a peaceful note. The protestors carried a banner. They reiterated that the amalgam would fight for the safety of the Jammu Muslims.

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