Death toll 56, thousands attend Sameer’s funeral
srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested the Chairmen of All Parties Hurriyets Conference-G and M, Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq when they defying curfew tried to step out of their residences in Srinagar and lead a march towards Islamabad district, Monday.
Huge contingent of police cordoned the residences of Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, arrested them when they stepped outside and lodged them at Humhama and Nageen police stations in Srinagar. The two leaders were scheduled to address a public rally at Lal Chowk in Islamabad town, which was to be held to pay glowing tributes to the martyrs of Kashmir. Call for the event was jointly given by Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The leaders have extended the strike call till Friday. According to the joint statement, shutdown will be observed up to 2:00pm to stock essential items while blackout will be observed from 8:00pm to 9:00pm, tomorrow.
As many as 56 people have been killed and over 5,500 injured in the firing by Indian armed forces on peaceful protests since July 8.
Meanwhile, curfew and other restrictions remained in force in Islamabad, Baramulla, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian, Bandipora, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kupwara and parts of Srinagar. Special arrangements were made by the authorities to foil march towards Islamabad district, which saw the highest number of deaths during the ongoing uprising in the Valley. Mobile telephone, internet services and train services remained suspended in the territory on the 17th day, today, while schools, colleges and other educational institutions remained closed due to the strike.
On the other hand, thousands of people attended funeral prayers of a 19-year-old youth, Sameer Ahmad Wani, who succumbed to his injuries in hospital, last night. He was hit by a bullet fired by Indian troops during a protest in Pampore on July 10. People raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, on the occasion.
Police arrested Awami Ittehad Party President and member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed in New Delhi to prevent him from staging a protest in the Indian capital against the killings in occupied Kashmir.
More than 800 prominent writers and academics through a letter expressed solidarity with the conflict-ridden people of Jammu and Kashmir. The letter signed by Noam Chomsky and others noted with concern that the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Kashmir currently is not a one off; rather it has been an integral part of how India continues to rule over Jammu and Kashmir.—Agencies