Srinagar: The Joint resistance leadership on Wednesday called for shutdown and protests on Friday (June 9) in Kashmir against the killing of a youth by government forces during a Cordon and Search Operation in Shopian on Tuesday evening.
The leadership also called for peaceful protests across the Valley after Friday prayers against the “biased” reporting of Indian news channels and National Investigation Agency (NIA) raids on the houses of pro-freedom leaders and businessmen.
“After Friday prayers peaceful protests will be also held across the valley against the killing and people from all over south Kashmir will move to the residence of martyr Adil in Shopian to express solidarity with the bereaved family,” it said.
The leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said the NIA raids is an attempt to defame the pro-freedom leadership. “Protests will also be held against the recent illegal NIA raids conducted on pro freedom activists and traders to intimidate and defame leadership, freedom movement and damage the state economy,” they said.
The trio also condemned the use of force against students protesting the killing of their fellow student Adil Ahmed in various parts of the valley especially in IUST Awantipora saying they cannot stop the youth from raising their voice against repression and for their political aspirations.
“The menace of CASO launched by the Indian forces against the people of Kashmir even continued in the holy month of Ramazan, resulting in the killing of scores of young boys and injuring of hundreds so far at the hands of Indian forces,” they added.
The leadership said as a result of this infamous operation another cold-blooded murder of a budding 19-year-old student Adil Ahmed Magray of Ganapora Shopian was shot dead by forces. “They have not only been given a free hand to kill Kashmiris, but are even encouraged and awarded for their varying acts of valor in keeping Kashmiris subjugated,” they said.