SRINAGAR: The leaders and activists of the joint resistance leadership (JRL) held protests after Friday prayers at Maisuma in City Centre here against civilian killings and “atrocities” by government forces across Valley.
The protesters held placards reading ‘South to north, blood of Kashmiris being spilled by India’ and ‘Stop Genocide in Kashmir’, and chanted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
“The barbarism by Indian forces will never be tolerated. The so-called largest democracy in the world has crossed limits of human rights violations,” the leaders said and condemned the killing of civilian and militants at Fateh Kadal in Srinagar’s Old City on Wednesday. The two local militants Mehraj-u-din Bangroo and Fahad Mushtaq, and a civilian Raiees Ahmad Sofi were killed in an encounter at Fateh Kadal.
“These are the ‘soldiers of freedom’ who are being killed across of Kashmir and their spilled blood will never be forgotten. India forces have crossed limits of human rights violations in Kashmir but unfortunately the international community is acting as a mute spectator,” they said.
“We appeal the Human Rights Watch, Asia Watch and Amnesty International to intervene and stop India from committing atrocities in Kashmir,” the speakers said adding, “Our motive is right to self determination and we will never surrender.”
They said it is high time for the Government of India to fulfill the promise kept by the then Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru (about the plebiscite in J&K).
The protesters also condemned the arrest and house detention of the resistance leadership.
The authorities have caged all the three JRL leaders. While Syed Ali Geelani continues to be under house detention since long, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been put under house arrest for the past several days. Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested on October 3 and is lodged at police station Kothi Bagh in Srinagar.