Death toll 69, injured 400, arrested 600
Srinagar—Terming the use of excessive force and military might on peaceful and unarmed protesters resulting in the killing of over 60 civilians and injuries to thousands of people during the past month as the worst example of state terrorism, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who has been under house arrest for a month now, said the way three unarmed innocents were martyred and around 400 injured since Friday makes it clear that the state government has launched a war against Kashmiris and, by indulging in the bloodbath of the people, is committing gravest of atrocities on the principle of “everything is fair in war”. Total number of martyred youth rises to 69 till Saturday.
Condemning the atrocities committed on the people in every nook and corner of Kashmir by Indian forces and police, and imposition of continuous curfew, restrictions and curbs imposed in Srinagar and most parts of the Valley besides the arrest spree of over 600 youth, Hurriyat activists and other resistance groups.
Mirwaiz said that police and forces are raiding the houses of people and trampling the sanctity of houses breaking their window panes, abusing people and this violent approach of forces has created havoc across Kashmir.
Mirwaiz said that through these harsh measures the rulers want to defeat peoples will but these forces of evil should know that peoples will and their passion for freedom has and will not be defeated by military might. Mirwaiz said the government was indulging in barbaric ways of dealing with protestors by indiscriminate use of pellets tear smoke shells, which were aimed to injure and kill.
Paying glowing tributes to Muhammad Maqbool Wagay, Sameer Ahmad Wani and Danish Rasool Mir, who were martyred during the violence perpetuated by government forces on Friday, the Mirwaiz expressed sympathy and solidarity with their grief-struck families and consoled them as entire nation is in grief and mourning. Mirwaiz prayed for the early recovery of hundreds of people who were injured on Friday and today.
Meanwhile, a Hurriyat spokesman condemned the continuous arrests and house arrest of the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and veteran resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and senior resistance leader Shabir Ahmad Shah besides several other Hurriyat leaders including Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Javaid Ahmad Mir and dozens of other Huriyat leaders and said such tactics would fail to cow down the Hurriyat leadership.—Email