Amid curfew, AAC activists perform Pandit’s last rites

SRINAGAR: The youth activists of Awami Action Committee (AAC) on Saturday performed the last rites of the mother of a Pandit Deepak Malhotra of Sheikh Mohalla, Maharaj Gung in Old City here amid curfew.
As per a statement of the Committee issued here, the family of Deepak didn’t flee Kashmir valley in 1990s and have been sharing their good and bad times with their Muslim brethren.
“Today Deepak Malhotra’s aging mother passed away and despite curfew and repressive situation across Kashmir, Muslims of the entire locality in general and activists of Jammu Kashmir Awami Youth (JKAY) including its president Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Bilal Bashir Bhat, and others participated in her last rites thereby silencing the communal forces who don’t stop spreading the poisonous propaganda against Kashmir and Kashmiris,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the AAC president and Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is under house arrest since last eight days, expressed sorrow over the demise of Deepak Malhotra’s mother and expressed sympathy and solidarity with the bereaved family.