JRL calls for shutdown

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a complete shutdown today against the civilian killings and ransacking of properties by government forces.

In a statement issued here, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said that forces have virtually declared war on civilians and feel free to kill and go on rampage.

“They are not accountable for their wrongdoings,” said the leadership, while blaming the  authorities for creating mayhem.

Blaming state administration, the leadership said that they have vested unbridled powers in forces.

Joint leadership also expressed deep grief over the killing of Ashtangoo youth Nazir Ahmad in Ranghreth area in Srinagar and a civilian in Arwani Kulgam by forces.

“The killings at both the places was a target killing,” the leadership added.

Blaming SSB personnel, the leadership said that protestors in Ranghreth, peacefully dispersed after forces resorted to tear gas shelling, however SSB personnel shot a youth at point blank range.

The leaders also condemned vandalizing private vehicles and ransacking houses and business establishments.

“It illustrates sheer vengeance and vandalizing and looting business establishment is unjustified as they were not part of any protest,” the leaders maintained.

They said that after the recent statement of army chief Bipin Rawat, forces have been vested with unbridled powers and they feel free to go any extent.

“They are treating state as a hunting ground and killing whosoever comes in their way,” the trio said.

“On one hand Indian forces while crossing all limits are killing people and destroying properties and on the other, Indian leadership including Rajnath Singh, Ram Madhav and Amit Shah are adding fuel to fire by issuing statements which portray every Kashmiri as an enemy of the state.

Blaming the state authorities for choking political space for peaceful activities, the leadership said that they are left with no other option than to call for a shutdown to raise their voice against the killing spree and state sponsored terrorism.




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