Srinagar: The Joint Resistance leadership has called for a complete shutdown on Saturday (Feb 17) against the recent killing of a Hurriyat leader, shifting of political inmates from Central Jail Srinagar to Jammu, and stay on FIR against army by Supreme Court.
Stating that the killing of Hurriyat leader Muhammad Yousuf Nadeem raised many questions, a JRL statement asked United Jehad Council to probe the killing. Nadeem was spokesperson of Tehreek-I-Wahdat.
In a statement, JRL leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar, and Yasin Malik said that shifting political inmates and lifers from Srinagar central jail, cancellation of FIR against “Shupian killers” by Indian supreme court and brutal killing of Nadeem were all glaring example of tyranny unleashed against Kashmiris.
Several JRL activists and leaders also took out a protest rally Thursday and staged a sit-in against the shifting of inmates including some lifers, Supreme Court orders to cancel FIR against army and the killing of Hurriyat activist by unknown gunmen at Beerwah.
The JRL leaders and activists gathered at JKLF office at Abi-Guzar and marched towards press enclave where they staged a sit-in.
Strongly condemning the killing, the JRL statement described Nadeem as a passionate freedom lover and said that his cold blooded murder has raised many questions.
“It has been an old ploy of agencies to terrorize freedom fighters by these kinds of gruesome killings done under the cover of ‘unknown’ person and it is imperative on United Jehad Council (UJC) to probe Nadeem Sahib’s killing on their level to stop these kinds of acts in future,” the statement said.
“Such killings can never deter freedom camp from pursuing the path of resistance and no stone will be left unturned to achieve the sacred goal.”
On the shifting of several Central Jail inmates including lifers Abdul Hamid Teeli, and Tariq Ahmad, three activists of Tehreek-I-Hurriyat including Raees Ahmad, Muslim league leader Showkat Ahmad Hakeem and other inmates Muhammad Adil Zargar, Moomin Ahmad, Muhammad Ishaaq Paul and others from Srinagar central jail to various jails in Jammu, JRL said that the rulers are “actually taking revenge of their own frustration and failures from Kashmir inmates”.
“On one hand police is boasting about having busted the whole escape case within some hours and on the other hand poor inmates who are booked under PSA or held as lifers are shifted from Srinagar jail to Jammu for none of their fault,“ the statement said.
It remarked that on the day an inmate escaped from SMHS, there were many other inmates who instead of escaping chose to return to jail, “but these prisoners are now being oppressed in jails which is highly condemnable”.
JRL said the shifting of inmates especially lifers is against the verdict of Indian Supreme Court that has barred governments from lodging inmates away from their homes and families.
JRL statement also termed the recent Indian Supreme Court verdict on FIR against army in Shopian killings as an eye opener “for those pro-India politicians who have been staging a drama on Shupian killings and trying to befool Kashmiri people by their hypocrisy”.
“The Supreme Court verdict to stay FIR against killers of Kashmiri innocents actually clarifies the fact that every Indian institution has a prejudice against Kashmiris and institution of justice is no exception in this.”