SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for a protest shutdown on Thursday against the “atrocities” being inflicted on people.
In a statement, the leadership asked people to organise peaceful protests against “gruesome killings, arbitrary arrests and PSAs, destruction of (houses), harassment of students, attack on journalists and all other measures of repression” on Friday. It also urged imams and khateebs (religious preachers) to raise voice against these “injustices” in Friday sermons.
JRL expressed deep anguish over the killing of two armed youth Mehraj-ud-Din Bangroo and Faid Mushtaq Waza, and son of the house owner Rayees Ahmed, in an encounter with government forces at Old Srinagar’s Fateh Kadal on Wednesday morning.
“The state repression against people is increasing with each passing day as it gets manifest in different forms of atrocities being committed. State machinery is all out to crush people in order to crush their dissent,” the leadership said. “Communication lines are blocked as internet is suspended frequently, youth and activists are arbitrarily booked under draconian PSA and sent to outside jails. There is no law in the land except the law of state might.”
JRL said universities and colleges are “forcibly” closed to disallow students from raising their voice against daily killings and atrocities. “Kashmiri students in outside universities are booked under false cases and are harassed. Even news reporters and photographers are not spared,” it said.
“The (resistance) leadership and activists are illegally and forcibly detained either in jails or kept under house arrest and are not allowed to reach out to people. No peaceful expression of protest by leadership or people against these atrocities and anti-human measures is allowed,” Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said. “All space(s) to peacefully and democratically resist this oppression has been completely chocked. Protest shutdowns are the only means left (for) us to resist the state onslaught and show our resilience to it.”