Hurriyat leaders term custodial death of Altaf Shah as cold-blooded murder


Indian authorities disallow masses to participate in martyred APHC leader’s funeral in Srinagar

In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have strongly denounced the custodial death of senior leader of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Altaf Ahmad Shah, terming it a cold-blooded murder.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the illegally detained APHC Vice Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah in a message sent from New Delhi Tihar jail and released in Srinagar expressed deep shock over the demise of Altaf Ahmed Shah in the Indian captivity.

He denounced in strong terms the Indian apartheid regime’s brutal attitude towards the Kashmiris and said Altaf Ahmed Shah’s tragic death in custody speaks volumes about the dangerous tactics the communal Modi regime has been using to eliminate legitimate political voices of Kashmir that have refused to toe its diktats.

The APHC Vice Chairman termed the death of Altaf Shah as a cold-blooded murder. He said that it was quite unfortunate that the Indian authorities blatantly refused to provide him medical care and remorselessly ignored his fast-deteriorating health condition.

“Detaining Kashmiri leaders and political activists under bogus cases and leaving them to rot in jails far away from their homes is part of the Modi government’s policy intended to render the ongoing freedom struggle a leaderless movement,” he said. Thousands of Kashmiris including the top rank Hurriyat leaders who have been arrested before and after 5th August 2019 have been lodged in Indian jails, he said.

Shabbir Shah said denying medical facilities and other basic amenities to Kashmiri prisoners in jails is a dangerous killing tactic Indian authorities have been using to punish and persecute Kashmiris. He paid rich tribute to Altaf Shah’s life long struggle and his sacrifices saying that the deceased leader devoted his whole life for the sacred cause of freedom from India. He extended his heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul.

APHC leader, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, in a statement in Srinagar condemned the custodial death of Altaf Ahmad Shah. He termed his demise as huge loss for the resistance movement. “Altaf Ahmad Shah devoted his whole life for the Kashmir cause. He was a sincere and an honest leader. His contribution and role would be remembered in the history of Kashmir,” he said.

In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities disallowed masses to participate in the funeral prayers of the martyred All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader, Altaf Ahmad Shah, on late Tuesday night in Srinagar.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the authorities snapped the internet service and sealed Lal Bazar, Waza Colony and Buchpora areas of Srinagar when the body of the martyred leader reached his home in Buchpora.

The occupation authorities deployed Indian troops, paramilitary and police personnel in strength in these areas to prevent people from visiting the residence of Altaf Ahmad Shah in large numbers and attend his funeral, a mourner said.

He said only those persons who were in the house including relatives and nearby residents were allowed to participate in the funeral of the martyred leader. As the area was sealed no outsider was permitted to enter the locality, he added.

Heavy deployment of Indian forces’ personnel was also made at the local graveyard where the martyred was laid to rest.—INP


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