Geelani reiterates his demand for disbanding VDCs

Srinagar—The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, has reiterated his demand that Indian Army-sponsored terrorist militia, Village Defence Committees, in the territory be disbanded without any further delay. Syed Ali Geelani in a statement in Srinagar said that the presence of this terrorist force in Jammu and Kashmir was brutal face of state terrorism in occupied Kashmir as its members could kill any person at will. He expressed surprise over the recent statement of the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, in the so-called Kashmir Assembly that there was no proposal to disband the Village Defence Committees even after admitting the involvement of its members in serious crimes. Mehbooba Mufti had conceded that 221 cases had been lodged against the VDC members in different police stations for committing crimes like murder, rapes and rioting.
Syed Ali Geelani, Aasiya Andrabi and Jamaat-e-Islami of the occupied territory in their statements denounced the authorities of Delhi Public School in Srinagar for forcing a female teacher to resign for wearing Abaya. Students of the school staged demonstrations against the authorities’ action. They demanded apology to the teacher by the school administration.On the other hand, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of two martyred youth, Altaf Ahmed and Imtiyaz Ahmed, in Sopore and Bandipora areas. The youth were killed by Indian troops in Bomai area of Sopore, yesterday. Complete shutdown was observed in Pattan, Palhallan, Hyderbagh, Goshbugh, Chrandrahama and Wusan areas of north Kashmir to mourn the killings.
Hurriyet leaders including Muhammad Musaddiq Aadil, Farooq Ahmed Tawheedi, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Ramzan Khan, Bashir Ahmed Qureshi, Shakeel Ahmed Butt, Advocate Zahid Ali, Qutab Aalam and Imtiyaz Reshi visited the residences of the martyred youth and paid tributes to them.
Meanwhile, the puppet authorities in a written reply to the so-called Assembly disclosed that 799 persons of various age groups were arrested from January 2015 to January 2016 and 133 among those were booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act. The occupation authorities arrest Hurriyet leaders and activists every now and then to stop them from carrying out their political activities.
In New Delhi, Indian police arrested two Kashmiri girl students from the airport when they were returning home from Bangladesh where they are pursuing MBBS.—KMS

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