SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) activists led by party general secretary and MLA Khanyar Ali Muhammad Sagar tried to march towards the Governor’s house in Raj Bhavan on Tuesday but government forces foiled the march and detained scores of the participants.
Starting from the party headquarters at Nawa-e-Subah complex, the marchers raised anti-government, pro-Kashmir slogans and held up placards that read, “Stop genocide in Kashmir”, “Put culprits to justice”. They also denounced the killings in south Kashmir’s Kulgam on Sunday.
When the marching protesters reached the road near Radio Kashmir, a large posse of police and paramilitary forces intercepted them and pushed them back.
Sagar then said that the voice of people of Kashmir was being suppressed. He said that people would not tolerate “police rule” in Kashmir.
“We condemn the civilian killings at Kulgam and the Government of India must put an immediate end to civilian killings in Kashmir,” he said. “Initiating a dialogue process to resolve the Kashmir issue is the best way to put an end to this.”
NC additional general secretary Sheikh Mustafa Kamal said that what happened in Kulgam was the same that has been happening for decades.
“New Delhi claims that Jammu and Kashmir is the crown of India, but in the same tone they want to desecrate the bond that connects Jammu and Kashmir with the union of India,” he said. “The people of Kashmir will stand against any such machinations that aim to fiddle with our special status.”
NC state secretary Sakina Itoo said that the vicious cycle of killings must end and that the Governor’s administration has failed to identify the perpetrators of the Kulgam massacre.
“Government has failed to instil a sense of security and dignity in the general public. The youth already stand estranged due to the iron-fist strategy of the incumbent administration,” she said.
The detained party activists were later released by police.