SRINAGAR: The police on Tuesday thwarted the Awami Itihad Party president Engineer Rashid’s rally against the recent civilian killings.
Rashid had planned to hold a protest march to chief minister’s Srinagar residence on prime minister of India Naredra Modi’s visit to Jammu.
Led by Rashid, hundreds of AIP workers started marching from the SK Cricket Stadium, but police stopped them near the Gupkar road.
The police took Rashid into custody and lodged him and scores of his party workers at the Ram Munshi Bagh police station.
Addressing media before he was detained, the AIP president said that Modi proved that the Indian leaders cannot feel the pain and sufferings of Kashmiris.
He said New Delhi treats Kashmiris as its enemies and has never felt their pain.
Modi and the chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, should have apologised for Handwara civilian killings, he said.
“Modi should have ordered the arrest of killers involved in the Handwara, Nutnoosa, and Drugmulla killings. But he instead preferred to preach at Mata Vishnov Devi University,” Rashid said.
He said Mehbooba Mufti had claimed that she would not compromise with the honour and dignity of Kashmiris but “now Kashmiris are being victimized”.
“Mehbooba insulted the martyrs of Kupwara by not uttering a single word about Kashmir dispute or punishing the killers,” he said.
Resolution of Kashmir issue is justice for Handwara martyrs but the removal of army bunker in the Handwara Chowk and conceding to other five demands of the locals has given legitimacy to all that the people of Kashmir have been demanding, Rashid said.
“The terror Chowk (Handwara Chowk) is now witnessing to be a victory Chowk for the people of Handwara and the time is not far when all epitomes of terror will be dashed to earth in every part of J&K,” he said. He demanded shifting of army camp at Nutnoosa and condemned suspension of five government employees of district Kupwara for their participation in the protests.
“Every government employee is first a Kashmiri. They can neither be deprived of their fundamental rights nor can turn mute spectators when their fellow citizens are being targeted,” he said.