SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has appealed to people of Sopore and Zainageer in north Kashmir to observe a complete shutdown on Friday as a strong protest against the “gruesome” killing of a Hurriyat activist Hakeem-ur-Rehman Sultani.
According to a statement issued here, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik took the decision after holding an emergency meeting at Hyderpora here on Monday.
The leadership said after taking a keen account of the report submitted by the nominated committee and the public revelations, “the invisible hand of Indian agencies in the gruesome killing can’t be ruled out”.
The meeting expressed grave concern over the resurgence of “custodial” as well as mysterious killings in Jammu and Kashmir “to give vent to group clashes and anarchy”.
The JRL while citing the case of “custodial killing” of Ashfaq Ahmad Wani at Naseem Bagh Srinagar and the killing of Hakeem-ur-Rehman at Bomai, Sopore, blamed “Indian fascist regime” for “designing conspiracies to drive a wedge in unwavering unity of the people of Kashmir”.
The leadership said after going through the report and inputs received from different public sources, it arrived at the conclusion that “the positive and exemplary role played by Hakeem-ur-Rehman for the last one decade or so while remaining very close to the public, has acted as an irritant for the Indian agencies”.
“He was fired (in) his leg by the Police Task Force, jailed under Public Safety Act and threatened of dire consequences for his inflamed oratory, philanthropic dreams and aspirations, noble character and an unwavering commitment for the ongoing movement for right to self-determination,” the leaders said.
Appreciating the “positive role” and “noble contribution” of Hakeem-ur-Rehman, JRL said, “We cannot, in any way forget the precious sacrifices of our martyrs.”
Muhammad Yasin Malik visited the family of slain Hakeem-ur-Rehman at Bomai, Sopore and expressed condolence with the bereaved widow and five daughters.