JRL calls shutdown, announces protest programme

JRL calls shutdown, announces protest programme
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SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has called for complete shutdown on Wednesday against the custodial killing of a 29-year-old school teacher Rizwan Asad Pandith of Awantipora who, according to it, was arrested by the SOG and NIA a few days ago and has been “brutally killed” in custody at SOG camp Cargo on Tuesday.
The leadership in a statement issued here paid tributes to Rizwan and expressed deep grief and sorrow over his “brutal killing”.
Terming the “brutal killing” as gruesome, JRL said this custodial killing is not only one of its kind but prior to this, hundreds and thousands of young and old Kashmiris have been killed in this manner. “This killing has increased the vulnerability of Kashmiri inmates languishing in different jails of India and jails of Jammu Kashmir, and jeopardised their lives,” it said.
Announcing a comprehensive protest programme against this “state terrorism”, JRL said people will observe a complete and comprehensive protest strike on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (Wednesday), against the “gruesome custodial killing of Rizwan Asad, policies of intimidation and harassment by police, SOG and other Indian investigative agencies, arbitrary arrests, slapping of draconian PSA, summoning political activists to SOG camps and thus creating atmosphere of fear in Jammu Kashmir”.
JRL appealed all segments of society including traders, lawyers, bar association, civil society, and others from different walks of life to peacefully protest against the custodial killing and assaults on Kashmiris on Thursday, March 21.
On Friday, March 22, after Friday prayers, people at all masajid, khanqahs and imambaras will raise voices peacefully against this custodial killing by NIA and SOG and continuing policy of oppression unleashed by India.
JRL said those who raise their voice against the killing of our youth their arrests and slapping with PSA are branded as “anti-national” and threatened with dire consequences and intimidation.
“While crackdown and arrest spree against political and religious activists and youth continues unabated, on the other hand, SOG has been calling political activists and youth to SOG cargo camp to intimidate them and create an atmosphere of fear among people in general,” JRL said. “Through their investigative agencies NIA and ED, the authorities have let loose a reign of terror to instil fear among people and harass them.”
JRL said the people of Kashmir have borne tremendous hardships and suffering for the last three decades especially, all because they are asking for an end to the conflict through peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per the people’s wishes but instead people are being crushed.