Youth critically wounded by pellet ammunition; Mirwaiz condemns ‘ploy’ to alter J&K’s demography; Malik arrested on way to poll-bound Anantnag
Srinagar: Protests, some of which turned into clashes between protesters and police, were held in several parts of the Valley on Friday against a host of government policies and proposals that are viewed by the resistance camp and civil society as anti-Kashmir.
In Nowhatta, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed a huge gathering of people outside the historic Jamia Masjid soon after Friday prayers.
Mirwaiz termed the government’s plan to construct residential clusters for migrant Pandits and ex-servicemen and the New Industrial Policy as a “ploy to facilitate the entry of non-state subjects into Jammu and Kashmir to change the demographic character as well as the disputed nature of this state”.
Mirwaiz said that in the light of past experience, the outsiders only want to grab land and receive incentives from the government, not to provide jobs for the local youth or develop industries.
“There are glaring examples of such practices especially in Jammu and Kathua industrial units which were ostensibly set up with the purpose of increasing industrial production and employment for youth in Jammu and Kashmir but ended up existing on paper only while the land owners grabbed incentives worth crores of rupees,” Mirwaiz said.
He said that land was also allotted to non-state subjects earlier also at places like Zainakote and Lethpora for the establishment of industrial units.
“These people have sublet the allotted land to forces and are enjoying rentals from them…Instead of addressing the brazen inequality that exists with regard to industrial policy between Jammu region and Kashmir region, where 95% of incentive goes to Jammu and only 5% to Kashmir, matters are being deliberately worsened for the Kashmir entrepreneurs by such sinister policies” Mirwaiz said.
‘PDP helping Sangh Parivar’
Several Hurriyat (G) leaders and activist held a demonstration at Hyderpora. Hurriyat (G) general secretary Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai told protesters, “India with the help of its local agents is working to change the demographic character of the state right from the 1947 but since the inception of the RSS sponsored government in New Delhi these policies have seen an alarming trend in its implementation.”
“Any carelessness at this crucial juncture will have very serious consequences and our future generation will lose their Muslim identity,” Sehrai cautioned the people.
Sehrai accused the ruling party PDP of extending its every possible support to the Sangh Parivar in implementation of their “wicked agendas” in Kashmir.
“These people have surrendered everything to RSS just to appease their masters and to retain the chair of power.” Sehrai said.
Youth clash with police
In several areas of old Srinagar, police fired teargas canisters at protesters who retaliated with stones. Police and CRPF troopers never allow peaceful demonstrations.
A youth was severely injured after being hit by pellet ammunition in old city. He was shifted to SKIMS, Soura, where his condition is said to be critical.
SKIMS Medical Superintendent Dr Farooq Jan told Kashmir Reader, “Doctors are examining him and I can’t comment on his condition yet.”
Protests were also held at Hyderpora, Anantnag and Sopore towns.
JKLF protests in Maisuma
Dozens of JKLF leaders and activists led by vice-chairman advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt held a peaceful sit-in at Budshah Chowk.
Addressing the protesters, Butt said, “Today’s joint protest program is against various conspiratorial designs of India and its stooges and also against oppression unleashed by police.”
“We condemn the hypocritical behaviour of so-called rulers who change their statements day by day and have crossed every limit of shamelessness. The so-called industries minister’s statement has exposed their hypocritical politics and blatant lies that are only being spread to hoodwink public opinion and reduce public anger on these issues,” Butt said.
He alleged that all these ‘conspiracies’ are being hatched by PDP-BJP coalition for implementation of anti-Kashmir and anti-Muslim agenda of RSS and only goal of these conspiracies is to hurt Muslim majority character of the state and turn majority into minority here.
JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested by police in Pampore, when he was on way to Anantnag, where by-poll is scheduled on June 22. He was scheduled to address people at Anantnag Chowk.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz has condemned the brutal use of force by government forces in old city areas, especially around Jamia Masjid, where several youth have been injured.
“It is completely fascist and dictatorial attitude of the government to harass and coerce into submission the population of Srinagar,” Mirwaiz said in a statement.