Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has called for a complete strike on Thursday against the continued civilian killings in the valley which it said has witnessed a spike since the eve of Eid as three young boys Vikas Ahmad, Shiraz Ahmad and Aijaz Ahmad have been killed by government forces while the fourth, Abdul Majeed, is struggling for life at SKIMS Soura.
The shutdown will also observed against the brutal killing of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari by unknown assailants, a JRL statement said while calling for an international probe into the “gruesome murder”.
The statement said the civilian killings have taken place “during civilian protests against forces excesses and harassment even on the eve of and during Eid and each one has been shot at to kill as the bullet and pellet wounds on their bodies show,” a statement issued here by JRL said. “Scores of people have also been critically injured, many in their eyes, as bullets and pellets have been used unrestrained. CASO has returned with a vengeance to the villages especially in south Kashmir during which people are being beaten and harassed causing strong protests.”
The JRL also condemned the incident of using four civilians allegedly as human shields during CASO, and arrest of 14 young boys during nocturnal raids in Pulwama.
“Many families including that of a senior a journalist Syed Tajamul Imran at Shupian was raided by forces and harassed by forces and this ugly phenomenon is continuing unabated,” the statement said while denouncing the “ruthlessness of the forces and the policy of repression behind it”.
Recalling the contribution of the journalist fraternity in Kashmir, JRL leaders said that Journalist fraternity too has faced tremendous hardships during the past many decades while carrying out its professional duties.
JRL said it is because of the contribution of the vibrant Kashmiri media that reports with sincerity and against all odds that the world community that the ground situation in Kashmir gets highlighted and their contribution can never be ignored.