Hurriyat, JKLF hold protests despite detention of leaders
Srinagar: Protests were held after Friday prayers at several places on the call of the joint resistance leadership (JRL) against the killing of civilians and indiscriminate use of pellets by government forces.
The government had imposed restrictions in areas under seven police stations of Srimagar, including in Nowhatta where the main Jamia Masjid was locked and prayers disallowed for the third consecutive week.
Local sources in Nawa Kadal area said that minor clashes between protestors and government forces took place in the area in the evening.
“Youths indulged in stone-pelting while the forces resorted to tear gas shelling,” they said. “However, the situation returned to routine soon thereafter.”
Residents of various old-city areas complained that government troops deployed in their areas “checked their identity cards”.
JRL leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were placed under house detention while Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested early in the day and lodged in Central Jail Srinagar.
Sources in Hurriyat Conference said that protest demonstrations led by religious clerics, pro-freedom leaders and activists were held at many places across the Valley.
The Mirwaiz, who leads Friday prayers at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, wrote on Twitter, “18th Friday of this year #JamaMasjid locked down once again by the Anti Muslim ruling regime. MehboobaMufti following the path, rather breaking the record of her predecessors by disallowing Muslims from offering Friday prayers and imposing restrictions in #ShareKhaas!”
Hurriyat Conference (G) leaders and workers staged a protest demonstration at Jinab Sahab (RA) Soura. The protest demonstration was led by Mushtaq Sofi and included Peer Ghulam Nabi, Advocate Yasir Dalal, Sahil Ahmed, Muhammad Hayat, Muhammad Yosuf Bhat, Muhammad Sidiq Hazar, Muhammad Yousuf Roshangar and others.
A source in Hurriyat Conference (G) said that its leaders including Hakim Abdul Rashid, Mohammad Yusuf Naqash, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Mohammad Rafiq Owasi, Meraj-u-Din Rabbani, Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi, Ishfaq Ahmad Khan, Sajad Ahmad Pala and Sajad Ahmad Sofi addressed people at many places.
The source said that while Geelani’s deputy Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai was detained in his Baghat home. “Sehrai has not been allowed to move out for many days now and remains under continuous detention,” the source said.
Besides, he added, “Our activists Umer Adil and Mudasir Nadvi remain under continuous detention at Sadder police station Anantnag since last Friday.”
“Restrictions have been placed on Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani, Mohammad Yasin Attaie, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Bashir Ahmad Bhat and Mohammad Yusuf Bhat from carrying out their socio-religious and political obligations,” the Hurriyat Conference (G) said in a statement.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested from his residence at Maisuma and later shifted to Central Jail Srinagar on judicial remand.
Malik on Thursday had gone to Shopian to express sympathies with the family of Beauty Jan, a young woman who was killed when government forces opened fire during clashes with protestors when a gunfight with militants was taking place.
A JKLF spokesperson said that its activists staged protest demonstrations at Maisuma against the civilian killings, vandalising and destroying of people’s property, pellet firing and other oppressive measures.
Meanwhile, the Northern Railways suspended train services across the Valley on Friday, just a day after train services were resumed after a suspension of two days.