Pro-freedom camp protests against mysterious killings, arrest spree

Pro-freedom camp protests against mysterious killings, arrest spree
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Srinagar: The pro-freedom camp on Friday held a protest march in Srinagar against the recent hike in “mysterious killings” of political activists, scholars and intellectuals, and detention of people on “unjustified” grounds.
Hurriyat Conference (G) held a protest march at Hyderpora in Srinagar, while Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leaders and activists on the directions of Joint Resistance Leadership assembled at Maisuma areas of Lal Chowk here and held a demonstration.
A statement of Hurriyat (G) said that the protestors chanting slogans to stop innocent killings, custodial killings and incarceration of youth demanded intervention of United Nations Human Rights Commission to take cognizance of the “grass violations of human rights” in Jammu and Kashmir.
The protestors, while marching towards the main chowk Hyderpora, displayed the placards and banners to highlight the demands to safeguard their political and civil rights with reference to the “movement for right to self-determination”.
Senior members of Hurriyat (G) Majlis Shoora and other representatives participated in the protest march including Molvi Bashir Irfani, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Nisar Hussain Rather, Bilal Sidiqui, Bashir Ahmad Indrabi, Khawaja Firdous Wani, Hamid Ilahi, Mohammad Maqbool Magami, Mohammad Hanif Dar, Arshad Aziz Shah, Mohammad Shafi Budgami in addition to hundreds of youth and other activists.
Addressing the protesters at Hyderpora, Hurriyat Secretary Public Relations, Molvi Bashir Irfani said that the policy of “suppression and repression in Jammu and Kashmir has failed to yield any positive results for India”, the statement said.
“Through the elongated period of ordeal since 1947, India is currently facing a powerful people’s political movement for right to self-determination in every nook and corner of the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
The Hurriyat leader said that by using force “India has turned Jammu and Kashmir into a beautiful prison and a hell for its populace”, but has utterly failed to suppress the people’s sentiments of demand for resolution of Kashmir issue in exercise of right to self-determination as recommended by the UNO.
A statement issued by JKLF here said that the JKLF leaders and activists assembled at Maisuma areas of Lal Chowk and staged a peaceful protest against the “unrelenting oppression on Kashmiris”.
Holding placards and raising slogans, the protesters marched towards Lal chowk and staged a peaceful sit-in near Budshah Chowk.
This sit-in, the statement said, was addressed by various JKLF leaders.
The vice-chairman of the Front Bashir Ahmad Bhat said that the slapping of Public safety act (PSA) on political activists and shifting them to jails in Jammu is nothing but an act of persecution of peaceful political dissent.
The protesters condemned the “brutal killing” of Hurriyat activists Hakim Ur Rehman of Sopore and Abdul Ahad of Kupwara.
Butt said, “The spree of killings has actually saddened every Kashmiri and turned situation much more complicated and worrisome.”
Terming the “spree of arrests” and slapping of PSA on political activists and youth as callous, Butt said that “whatever is being done in Jammu and Kashmir under the garb of democracy and empowerment of masses is nothing but mockery of democracy.”
He said that Kashmiris are facing “worst apathy” in Indian jails.