SRINAGAR: Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday staged a protest here at Hyderpora against the killing of civilians in army firing in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday.
The protesters rued the silence of the UN, international community over the civilian killings in Kashmir, a statement issued here said, adding that police arrested Hurriyat leader Syed Imtiyaz Hyder and did not allow the protesters to move towards Lal Chowk.
Carrying banners ‘Stop Civilian Killings’, ‘Stop Genocide’, and ‘Civilian Killings Unacceptable’, the protesters raised slogans against unabated killings.
The blamed the “puppet regime” for its treachery saying, “On one hand, they are maintaining criminal silence and on the other side, are laying curbs and strangulating genuine voices. They are hand in glove with assailants. The lust of power has turned them blind and beasts.”
“What was the sin of innocent civilians and why Kashmiri youth are being killed and why is international community silent on these killings?” the protesters said and condemned the police raids.
“Authorities on Sunday arrested JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, Hurriyat general secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumji, spokesperson Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Bilal Sidiqee, Mohammad Yusuf Makroo, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Umer Aadil Dar, Kh Nazir Ahmad and lodged them in different police stations,” the statement said.