Bilal Lone arrested on way to Handwara

Srinagar—A delegation of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) led by senior Hurriyat leader Bilal Gani Lone while heading towards Handwara for expressing their heart-felt sympathies with the bereaved families of the four persons killed in firing by government forces were stopped by the Police near Sangrama and detained at Patukkha Police Post.
Terming this action of the government as aggressive and undemocratic, APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Dr. Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq, who continues to be under house confinement for the past three days, said the suppression and aggression against the people striving for their just rights was being deliberately done to cow down them into submission.
He said after the bloodshed in Handwara, people were being confined to their homes by imposing severe restrictions and curfew and practically entire Valley of Kashmir has been converted into a massive jail.
The Mirwaiz said after killing four unarmed innocent people in Handwara and Kupwara, government forces were terrorizing the entire population of the area and also other parts of the Kashmir valley in particular the old city of Srinagar with the use of brutal force and imposition of curfew besides banning internet services. He said the government has confined most of the resistance leaders in their homes and thus prevented them from reaching out to the people in this hour of grief and suffering.
Mirwaiz further said that on the one hand, people in Kashmir had been left at the mercy of the government forces, while on the other hand Kashmiri students studying in different states of India and Kashmiri traders carrying out their business there were harassed and subjected to incidents of violence, thus damaging their educational career and business prospects.
Stressing that in Kashmir and outside the Valley, Kashmiris were being subjected to aggression and cruelty under a well devised policy to stop them from striving for their just rights, the APHC Chairman said there was a need to fight this aggression by coming up with a comprehensive strategy and well planned peaceful protest demonstrations.—KMS

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