Srinagar, Apr 11: Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik called for a complete shutdown on Thursday against the civilian killings in clashes during an encounter in Khudwani, Kulgam on Wednesday.
In a joint statement issued after a press conference here, the leadership also asked the people to sit on peaceful protest in their localities and Mohallas after Zuhr Paryers on Thursday and also observe a complete black out from evening against these killings.
“By this peaceful protest Kashmiris will actually try to aware the sleeping conscience of the international community which is maintain a criminal silence on Kashmiri human rights,” Joint Hurriyat said.
“The way Kashmiris are being pushed to the wall through merciless spree of brutal killings by forces demands from us to be united and collectively raise our voices against this brutality,” the leadership said.
Leaders appealed Kashmiris to remain ready for coming on to streets and roads if necessary to “counter these nefarious designs”.
Joint Hurriyat, the statement said, is deliberating upon and devising a strategy to counter the “ongoing and unrelenting state terrorism”.
Condemning the bias of Indian media and news channels, the leadership said that Indian media is acting as foot soldiers of the forces by glamorizing the human killings.
Geelani and Mirwaiz were placed under house arrest but they addressed the press conference on telephone while Yasin Malik was present in it.
“We have been left with no option other than to come out on roads. The way our new generation is being targeted and killed reflects that it is being done under a well-planned conspiracy,” said Mirwaiz.
Saying killings are not going to stop if people maintain their silence on the issue; Mirwaiz urged all sections of society to protest “unabated” killings.
“Every section of society should come forward. Be it traders, lawyers, engineers or students. Until and unless, everyone would not raise voice against these killings, till that time it will continue. They will selectively kill everybody…,” said Mirwaiz.
“While Joint Hurriyat had decided to hold a protest against the rape and murder of innocent Kathua Girl Asifa, the news of brutal killings by forces at Khudwani, burning down of many residential houses and shops and showering pellets and bullets on innocents injuring hundreds came forth,” they said.
Joint Hurriyat said that persistent killing spree is “actually a well devised policy of rulers who have given the forces a free hand to kill Kashmiris at will and to suppress the voices.”
LETHPORA ATTACK FALLOUT: Miscreants in Jammu torch vehicles, pelt stones; curfew imposed
Jammu, Feb 15: Curfew was imposed in Jammu city following massive violence in which at least 12 persons were injured and dozens of vehicles damaged and torched by the mobs during a bandh call on Friday.
“Whereas, in view of prevailing law and order situation in district Jammu, there is every likelihood of breach of peace which may lead to acts of arson, targeting vehicles and causing loss of life and property. In order to maintain law and order, public tranquillity and to protect life and property of general public, I, Ramesh Kumar, IAS District Magistrate Jammu, in exercise of powers vested in me under section 144 Criminal Procedure Code hereby impose curfew in the area of whole Jammu city,” said the district magistrate in an order.
Reports and witnesses said that mobs torched and damaged dozens of vehicles during the violent protests which broke out Friday morning in Gujjar Nagar and Prem Nagar areas amid a shutdown called by Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Bar Association Jammu had supported the strike call issued against the killing of 49 CRPF troopers in a major attack in Lethpora area of Awantipora in south Kashmir.
An eye witness said that motorcycle-borne youth carrying Indian tricolour pelted stones on the vehicles and residential houses, and also set dozens of vehicles ablaze in Prem Nagar locality.
He said that a mob gathered in the area despite the authorities announcing curfew in the area.
An official said that a large contingent of the forces has been deployed in the area to control the situation.
The trouble erupted when a group of people belonging to various organisations including Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena, and VHP took out a procession carrying tricolour through Gujjar Nagar, which is predominantly inhabited by Muslims, The Indian Express reported.
Quoting the locals, the report said the violent mob without any provocation started torching vehicles parked outside Jogi gate cremation ground.
Mobile Internet services have been suspended in Jammu as a precautionary measure to avoid law and order situation, said an official.
According to officials, there was complete bandh in Jammu city and there was no traffic on roads and all shops and markets were closed.
Jammu city was rocked by massive anti-Pakistan protests with people taking to the to streets in dozens of places, including Jewel Chowk, Purani Mundi, Rehari, Shaktinagar, Pacca Danga, Janipur, Gandhinagar and Bakshinagar.
Local Jaish fidayeen rams explosive-laden vehicle into forces’ bus at Lethpora
Srinagar, Feb 14: FORTY FOUR personnel of the paramilitary CRPF were killed and many others injured when a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle laden with explosives into a CRPF convoy on the Highway crossing through Lethpora area of Awantipora town in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.
It was the deadliest attack since the 2001 Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly car bombing in which 38 people were killed.
The attack took place at around 3pm on the highway near Barsoo, a residential area of Lethpora, close to the saffron fields of Pampore.
The death toll kept on increasing with every passing hour after the incident as reports said that all those aboard the fateful 55-seater CRPF vehicle, which became the prime target of the suicide bomber, were killed in the attack.
Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad in a statement to local media said their militant,Adil Ahmad Dar alias Waqas Commando, a resident of Pulwama, was the attacker who drove the car and carried out the suicide attack.
The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying over 2,500 troopers of the paramilitary force.
“A total of 44 CRPF men belonging to different battalions were travelling in the vehicle when the blast occurred,” a CRPF official said. The deceased, he added, belonged to several battalions.
Soon after the attack, gory scenes of dismembered bodies lying on the highway created chaos among both the civilians and the forces personnel in the area.
Following it, the traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway came to standstill. The government forces launched intensive searches in the entire area.
A police officer said forensic experts have taken samples even as investigations have been set into motion.
The officer also confirmed that Thursday’s attack was the deadliest. “Even though there were major attacks in the past also like Badamibagh and Assembly but this is the first attack in which there has been such high number of causalities,” the officer said.
Regarding the vehicle used by the militant, the officer said that it seems it was either a ‘Scorpio’ or a ‘Jeep’.
“Investigations are underway in this regard,” he said.
IGP Kashmir SP Pani said that it was a “gruesome militant attack”.
“The investigations have been taken up. We have started gathering the sequences how this happened and the people behind it will be brought before the law,” the IGP said, adding, “We are ascertaining the chain of circumstances in this incident.” (With inputs from GNS)
By the time you see this, I’ll be in heaven: Jaish bomber’s video
Srinagar, Feb 14: Minutes after the deadly suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Lethpora area of Pulwama, Jaish-e-Mohammad, the militant outfit which claimed responsibility for the attack, released a video of the militant believed to have carried out the fidayeen strike.
At least, 30 CRPF personnel were killed and over two dozens injured when a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle laden with explosives into a CRPF convoy in Lethpora area of Pulwama district on Thursday.
Adil alias Waqas of Kakapora in south Kashmir can be seen in the video, sitting in the backdrop of the Jaish flag, brandishing several sophisticated automatic rifles, starting the video by saying: “By the time this video reaches you, I will be in heaven, I have spent one year as a militant with JeM and this is my last message for the people of Kashmir.”
Waqas goes on to boast about the attacks carried out by Jaish in the past–ICA18 hijacking, 2001 Parliament attack, Nagrota attack, Uri attack, and Pathankot IAF base attack.
He also sends “a message for North Kashmir”, saying that people in south Kashmir have been fighting against India and that it was now time for people from north and central Kashmir as well as Jammu to join them.
“By killing few of our militant commanders, you can’t weaken us,” the suicide bomber says in the video. He also mentions the recent sniper and IED attacks against government forces in Kashmir.
Reports quoting police sources say Adil Hussain Dar, from Gundibagh, Pulwama, went missing on March 19, 2016 along with two other friends, Tauseef and Waseem.
Tauseef’s elder brother Manzoor Ahmad Dar was a militant who was killed in 2016. Adil was a dropout from school and was working as a mason. He also led prayers in local mosque. He has two brothers.
Earlier, militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), in a statement claimed the responsibility of the fidayeen attack.
A JeM spokesperson Muhammad Hassan in a statement to news agency GNS said: “dozens of forces’ vehicles were destroyed in the attack”.
The spokesperson identified the driver (of JeM), who carried out the fidayeen attack, as Aadil Ahmad alias ‘Waqas Commando’ of Gundi Bagh, Pulwama.