Srinagar, April 11(KMW): JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik and PPP Chairman Er. Hilal War were today arrested and shifted to Srinagar Central jail while Hurriyat (G) Chairman SAS Geelani and Hurriyat (M) Chairman
Mirwaiz Umar Faroow were put under house arrest.
Joint Resistance Leader had decided to hold a protest today against Kathua rape and murder case when the news of today’s civilian killings at Khudwani, burning down of many residential houses and shops and showering pellets and bullets on innocents injuring hundreds came forth, came. The press conference was addressed by JRL leaders.
As Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq were placed under house arrest, they addressed press on telephone while as Muhammad Yasin Malik was present at the conference.
After the press conference JRL leaders, activists, many lawyers and people from all walks of life led by Muhammad Yasin Malik marched towards Lal Chowk. Displaying placards depicting photographs of Asifa
and demanding justice for her and raising slogans against killings across the valley, peaceful protesters marched towards Lal Chowk but soon police and paramilitary forces swung into action and tried to halt their march near Biscoe School Gate.
Protesters provided a stiff resistance and managed to reach Partap Park where police and forces dispersed them and arrested Muhammad Yasin Malik , Er. Hilal Ahmad War, Mushtaq Ajmal, Zahoor Ahmad Butt,
Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Muhammad Ashraf Chirag, Fayaz Ahmad Lone, Basharat Ahmad Butt, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah , Ashiq Hussain Wani and others.
They were immediately shifted to police station Kothibagh from where Muhammad Yasin Malik, Er. Hilal Ahmad War, Mushtaq Ajmal and Zahoor Ahmad Butt were shifted to Srinagar Central Jail on judicial remand.
Prior to protest rally and arrests, Geelnai, Mirwaiz and Malik, while addressing media, said that “the wounds of Shopian are still bleeding and fresh when new wounds have been inflicted upon us by Indian
occupational forces at Khudwani Kulgam”.
JRL has called for complete shutdown on Thursday and Friday and issued a protest programme: “Kashmiris will observe a complete shutdown on Thursday 12th April against killings of many innocents at Khudwani
Kulgam. Kashmiris will also sit on peaceful protest in their localities and Mohallas after zuhr prayers and also observe a complete black out from evening against these killings.” A JRL press release read: “Pushing Kashmiris to the wall by choking every little space on peaceful activities in Kashmir, trampling human rights of Kashmiris under boots, spree of brutal killings, spreading an environment of harassment and bullying and turning Kashmir from south to north and center into a killing field is part of this military strategy.” Leaders said that “this persistent killing spree by Indian trigger happy forces is actually a well devised policy of Indian rulers who have let loose their forces, given them a free hand to kill Kashmiris at will to suppress Kashmiri voices and also to camouflage their own failures in India and thus hoodwink Indian public opinion in the name of Kashmir.” Leaders appealed Kashmiris to remain ready for coming on to streets and roads if necessary to counter these nefarious Indian designs.
“The situation is alarming as Indian rulers and their Kashmiri stooges are continuing with their pro-active policy of killing innocent young Kashmiris with impunity, not stopping the ongoing genocide of Kashmiris, enduring with a policy of choking space on peaceful activities and also from military and forces chiefs to RSS, BJP leadership are issuing statements about their desire to wipe out Kashmiris. JRL is deliberating upon and devising a strategy to counter this ongoing and unrelenting state terrorism, and it is our collective
duty to remain united and steadfast and resist these oppressive Indian designs, asserted the leaders.” Condemning the bias of Indian media and news channels, JRL said that “Indian trigger happy soldiers are
engaged in killing Kashmiris at will and shameless Indian media acting as foot soldiers of these troops is glamorizing these human killings with utmost brazenness.”
Condemning the ongoing protest in favor of rapists and killers of Asifa of Kuthua, JRL said that “a kid was kidnapped, starved, raped in a temple and then killed by savages and disgracefully some people in Jammu are trying to give this heinous crime a religious color and save murderers and rapists which is utmost shameful. JRL said that “ironically rulers to prolong their rule are also abetting this shameful bunch of people and are communalizing situation in Jammu region and trying to inflict harm to Muslims in Jammu.”