- RSS strengthened its base since PDP-BJP took charge: Geelani
- Govt has failed to protect Kashmiris: Mirwaiz
- Muslim, Kashmir animosity growing: Malik
- Mufti responsible for this murder: Shah
- Call for economic boycott of Jammu: Asiya
SRINAGAR: The pro-freedom camp on Sunday expressed grief over the demise of Zahid Rasool Bhat, the conductor of the truck attacked by goons in Udhmapur on October 9.
Zahid died on Sunday morning at Safdurjung Hospital in Delhi, where he was admitted with 74 per cent burns.
They also blamed the government for emboldening the communal forces in JK.
Expressing grief over the demise of Zahid, chairman Hurriyat Conference(G), Syed Ali Geelani, held BJP-PDP government responsible for the “murder”.
“Since this govt took charge, it gave RSS a chance to strengthen its base here which ultimately helped the communal forces to spread their agenda,” Geelani said in a statement.
He said that RSS and its affiliates, under a well planned conspiracy, are trying to communalise the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. “In this situation, we should exercise restraint and should fail their nefarious designs,” he said.
He said that Kashmiris would protest the death of Zahid to demand a stern punishment against the culprits.
In a statement, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq termed the death of Zahid as cold-blooded murder.
“Such an extremist thinking and murderous assault cannot be taken lightly. Zahid’s murder is a clear cut indication of the nefarious designs, the communal elements and rightwing fanatics have for Kashmir,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that Kashmiris have every right to express their anger and outrage against it.
“The so-called government has miserably failed to provide protection to the hardworking Kashmiri youth.”
He also expressed sympathy with Zahid’s aging parents and his entire family.
Lashing out at the government, JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, in a statement said that the “so-called rulers of Jammu and Kashmir , for power, have handed over the state to chauvinists like RSS. This means they are directly responsible for the murder of innocent Zahid.”
“Zahid was murdered in cold blood the RSS-backed Hindu fanatics,” he added.
He said that Indian Muslims are also under attack from these forces and recently two innocents have been murdered by these “chauvinists backed by the rulers at Dadri and Himachal Pradesh.”
“Despite being a Muslim majority area, Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir are living in constant fear and today situation has worsened to such extent that a blanket ban has been imposed on loudspeakers in mosques at Kishtwar and other areas of Doda.”
“Muslim and Kashmir enmity of these rulers and their forces and police is growing day by day and the martyrdom of innocent Zahid is another glaring example of this reality,” he added.
He said that Udhampur-like attacks were a conspiracy to divide people on religious lines.
“Conspiracies of these callous rulers cannot be tolerated silently and cold blooded murders of Kashmiris and attacks on Indian Muslims is unbearable and Kashmiri will raise their voices against these inhuman acts,” he added.
Expressing grief over the demise, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah Sunday alleged that chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was “responsible for the murder”.
“If Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has some conscience left, he should resign from his post,” Shah said in a statement.
“Mufti, by joining hands with communal RSS and BJP, made it clear that he is not concerned about the people of the state. He (Mufti) doesn’t care whether the people of Jammu and Kashmir live or die but is only concerned about his chair.”
National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan while condemning the death said that Hindu extremist forces have become more “vibrant ever since Mufti Sayeed has taken over the reins of the so-called government”.
“These are the same Hindu forces who were responsible of 1947 massacre of Muslims,” he said in a statement.
He expressed concern over the situation created by Hindu communal forces in Jammu and Kashmir. “These anti-Muslim elements are hell bent to harm the majority community of the state.”
Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chief Syeda Asiya Andrabi while reacting to the incident urged the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani to call for mass protests against the “continued brutality of Hinutva fanatics” instead of calling “customary strikes”.
“A customary strike cannot be an appropriate reaction to such brutalities; instead an economic boycott with Jammu should be announced. Not a single truck should be allowed to enter the Valley,” Asiya said in a statement.
She expressed grief over the death of Zahid saying that it was a “painful death”. “The other two youth are still admitted in hospital and after Zahid’s martyrdom; we are concerned about their well being.”
“Another son has been killed by the Hindutva goons and a strike has been called which is good. Even I support and appeal people to observe a complete strike but I have been time and again asserting that the customary strikes cannot help. Instead, an impressive and effective program needs to be given and the nation should follow ‘religiously’.”
“Jammu and Kashmir has been virtually given in the hands of RSS and other Hindutva forces by those who were talking of restoring the honour and dignity of Kashmir. The Hindu fanatics have crossed limits and have made the real owners of the state insecure.”
Asiya also appealed the IUST students to boycott the scheduled convocation and “not let the Indian Education Minister Smriti Irani give you certificates”.
“You must, as a token of protest, teach her a lesson that the Kashmiri educated youth can’t live a life of slaves and as solidarity with Shaheed Zahid’s family you must boycott the entire function,” Andrabi added.