By MOHAMMAD MAJID MALIK
DODA/ KISHTWAR: Protests erupted in the three districts of Chenab Valley — Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban — on Friday against the government forces with complete shutdown of markets observed in all towns of Doda district. Residents of Poonch and Mandi areas were also up in protest since the morning.
People in the three districts held protest demonstrations after offering Friday prayers. The protest rally passed through the main markets raising anti-government slogans.
Residents of Poonch and Mandi areas assembled in the main market in the morning and did not open their business establishments the entire day.
In Kishtwar, Imam of the town’s Jamia Masjid, Farooq Ahmed Kichloo, led a protest rally. He said, “This is not a religious procession. We are here to lodge our protest on humanitarian grounds for the innocent Kashmiris, who were brutally tortured and killed by the security forces after Burhan’s assassination.”
Like in other parts of the Valley, the government had deployed forces in all major towns of district Doda. No incident of killing or injury was reported from the three districts. The protest call was given by Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah, Anjuman Islamia Gandoh, Masjid Committee Thathri, and Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar.
Shops and other business establishments of the Muslim community remained closed in all the major towns of Doda, including Bhadarwah, Doda, Thathri, Ghat and Bhalessa . Traffic movement was also sparse.
“We have appealed for a peaceful bandh today against the security forces and the coalition government,” said president of the Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah, Parvaiz Ahmed Sheikh.
“Our shutdown call is also to show our resentment and to lodge a strong protest against the union government, communal forces and biased media for leveling false allegations and communally motivated propaganda against Kashmiri community,” he added.