Traders protest, demand end to HR violations

Traders protest, demand end to HR violations
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ARIF RASHID/NAZIMA SIDIQ

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Traders and Manufactures Federation (KTMF) on Wednesday held a protest demonstration here against the “human rights violations” in the Valley.
The trades assembled here in press enclave and chanted slogans against the “human rights violations” in Kashmir. The police swung into action and detained many among them.
The joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has urged people to observe ‘human rights week’ from December 3. The leadership asked people to hold candlelight vigil.
Meanwhile, Beopar Mandal Maharaj Gunj also staged a protest rally in Srinagar’s old city against “human rights violations”.
Hundreds of shopkeepers took out a rally from Maharaj Gunj Park which culminated at Saraf Kadal Chowk.
The participants holding placards then staged a sit-in which was addressed by various traders.
President Beopar Mandal Khurshid Ahmed Dalal stressed upon authorities to “stop human right violations” in Kashmir.
“The state has waged a war against the people of Kashmir, under which our youth are being targeted mercilessly,” he said. “Human rights violations in Kashmir are at its peak with killings and use of pellets by forces having become the order of the day.”
“The ongoing slaughter of Kashmir, using deadly pellets, arresting innocent youth, proposing using drones here, harassment of people under the grab of CASOs must be stopped,” the protesters said.
They urged the world human rights organisations to pressurise New Delhi to stop “genocide” of local Kashmiris.