Geelani calls for shutdown today, says govt hand in killings can’t be ruled out

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said on Tuesday that the involvement of government forces into the killing of three youths cannot be ruled out given the “circumstances and the manner of killing”.
He called for a complete shutdown on Wednesday against what he said was “brutal and barbaric murder” of the trio. Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chairman Yasin Malik have also given a call for shutdown while various other groups have supported the calls.
“Even if nothing is clearly known about these killings but seeing the circumstances and the manner in which they had been killed, we cannot rule out the hands of the government forces into the incident,” Geelani in a statement said.
He also termed the statement of police that the incident is linked to faction fights between militants as “a presumption based on guesswork”.
“All muhajid organisations have condemned the killings as custodial murders so this incident can’t be blamed on anyone without evidence,” he said.
Geelani said, “There might be differences between the mujahideen but they cannot stoop so low as to be so brutal. Such actions are the trademark of Indian occupational forces
who have murdered about 10,000 youths in custody and subjected thousands of others to custodial disappearance.”
The veteran leader said that “whatever the motives and reasons behind the killing of the trio”, the “ultimate blame goes to the Indian military occupation which is the prime reason behind the unending political instability and loss of precious human lives in Kashmir.”
“Our youths would have never picked up guns if Indian forces would not have been present here,” Geelani added.
The Hurriyat (G) Chairman said it is our permanent stand that respect to human life is a priority. “Killing an innocent human tantamount to murder of the whole humanity and saving the life of any human being is equal to saving the whole humanity”.
Meanwhile, according to statement, the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) leader Abdul Gani Bhat led the funeral prayers of the slain youths and paid homage to them.