Curfew tightened to stop march; Geelani, Mirwaiz arrested
Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, hundreds of people were injured when Indian troops used brute force to prevent people from staging demonstrations against civilian killings and conducting Azadi march towards Eidgah in Srinagar Friday.
Call for the march was jointly given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, and Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, to register protest against the killing spree unleashed by Indian forces in the territory. The Hurriyet leaders had announced to offer Juma prayers in the Eidgah.
Masoor arrestedDefying curfew and other restrictions, people in large numbers took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipore, Kupwara, Islamabad, Bijbehara, Baramulla, Sopore, Palhallan, Pattan, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and other areas and held massive demonstrations against the killings.
They shouted pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. They also waved Pakistani flags. Indian troops and police personnel fired pellets, bullets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters at various places injuring hundreds of people.
The puppet authorities continued to impose strict curfew and other restrictions across the Kashmir Valley on the 49th consecutive day, today, while all roads leading to Eidgah were sealed. Indian police arrested Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi when they defied house detention and tried to lead the march.
Molvi Masroor Abbas and Ghulam Muhammad Hubbi were taken into custody from their residences. The authorities kept other leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Bilal Siddiqui, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Zafar Akbar Butt under illegal detention. People were not allowed to offer Juma prayers at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and other major mosques of the territory.
On the other hand, after severe criticism on the use of pellet guns on protesters India is set to introduce another lethal weapon PAVA shells to quell the ongoing mass uprising in occupied Kashmir. PAVA shells, a chilli-based munition, incapacitates the target and renders it immobile. The firing of pellets have resulted in the injuring of hundreds of protesters with many of them losing eyesight in one or both eyes since July 8, this year.
In Islamabad, the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter started a three-day hunger strike, today, to draw world’s attention towards stepped up Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir.—KMS