Scores of leaders and activists of Joint resistance Leadership (JRL) Tuesday protested against the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for carrying out raids against separatist leadership in Kashmir. The protestors termed the act by the agency as sheer ‘terrorism’ against the pro-freedom camp and the people of Kashmir.
Reports said that the leaders and activists from all the factions of Hurriyat assembled at Maisuma area of Lal Chowk and raised anti-NIA slogans.
The protesters holding banners and placards reading anti-NIA slogans expressed solidarity with the prisoners of Kashmir who are languished in different jails in and outside the state.
Talking to reporters, JRL leaders said that thousands of young and old including ailing women leader Asiya Andrabi and her associate Fahmida Sofi are facing ‘Indian oppression’ in different jails and incarceration centers.
“Many resistance activists including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Shahid ul Islam, Altaf Ahmad Shah , Meraj ud din Kalwal, Pir Saif ullah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali and journalists Kamran Yousuf and Javed Ahmad have been put behind bars by NIA or ED on concocted charges while as thousands including Bashir Ahmad Rather (Boya), Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Atif Hassan, Irfan Ahmad, Amir Hamza, Mir Hafizullah, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Gani Bhat, Muhammad Rafiq Ganie Muhammad Yousuf Baghwan and many more remain in jails under black law PSA,” they said, adding that people without the discrimination of age and gender have been locked up in jails and police stations and all this is being done in the name of democracy and raising the bogey of law and order.
The protesters said that the NIA has been let loose to ‘terrorize’ freedom seeking people under the pretext of terror funding and this agency besides arresting many people has continued its efforts to threaten people in resistance, businessmen, employees, relatives of resistance leaders and activists and men and women from other walks of life.
“On one hand NIA is busy in terrorizing people through intimidations and on the other hand a malicious propaganda against Kashmiri resistance leaders, activists, businessmen and Ulema is going on unabated on various Indian TV channels and media houses,” the protesters said.
“Kashmiris are on daily basis being abused, accused and demonized by so-called anchors that are acting like foot soldiers and mercenaries of Indian occupational forces and on the other hand killed, maimed, blinded and incarcerated shamelessly,” JRL leaders said.