SRINAGAR: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) leaders and activists on Thursday staged protest here against torturing of inmates and “unabated genocide” of Kashmiri youth.
The JRL leaders and activists along with many people from all walks of life gathered outside JKLF office at Abi-Guzar and marched towards city center.
Leaders and activists from Hurriyat (G), Hurriyat (M) and JKLF along with others participated in the protest.
Displaying placards depicting slogans against atrocities being committed on incarcerated Kashmiris and “ongoing genocide” of Kashmiri youth, protesters raised slogans in favour of “freedom and resistance”.
After reaching near Press enclave, protesters held a sit-in which was addressed by JRL leaders including Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Hakeem Abdul Rashid and Noor Muhammad Kalwal.
Meanwhile, the JRL leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said that thousands of young and old Kashmiris have been put into jails and incarceration centers, and Indian authorities are doing everything to prolong their confinement.
Leaders said that hundreds of Kashmiris are languishing in jails from decades under concocted charges. “Many have been imprisoned for life and many are facing trails from a long time and are even being denied a bail,” they said.
The JRL leaders said that from last year NIA and Enforcement Directorate has been used as a tool to penalize more Kashmiris and these agencies acting on the orders of their political masters not only arrested many leaders and kith and kin of people in resistance including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saif-u-llah, Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal , Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Kamran Yousuf, Javid Ahmad and Shahid Yousuf Shah, but also grilled hundreds of Kashmiris in the name of “terror” funding.
“These people are languishing in various Indian jails are constantly being terrorized and intimidated. This is worst kind of political vendetta on display against Kashmiris which is highly condemnable,” said the JRL.
Terming the ongoing spree of killings and unleashing of oppression as “worst terrorism”, JRL said that Indian occupation has given its forces a free hand to kill Kashmiris at will. “These killers enjoy immunity from persecution and are killing our youth with impunity and brazenness,” the JRL said.
Referring to the killing of a young man Khalid Ahmad Dar at Khudwani Kulgam by “trigger happy killers” in uniform, JRL leaders said that “during last month or so, Indian trigger happy forces killed many innocents including two women and many young boys. Soon killers in uniform slaughter Kashmiri innocents, their political persons in the form of rulers and assembly members come up with condemnations and call for probes to divert attention from these gruesome acts.”
“Though these killings are done by Indian forces but the responsibility lies on the shoulders of those pro-India politicians, assembly members and rulers who provide legal cover and immunity to the killers and thus contribute in this genocide,” JRL leaders said.
Reiterating the call for a complete shutdown on Saturday 13th January against the brutal killings at Khudwani, “ongoing genocide” of Kashmiri youth and other oppressive acts, JRL leaders appealed people to shut down their offices, business establishments, transport and other activities for one day and raise their voices against growing Indian state terrorism on this day.