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Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on June 2

Srinagar, May 30: The Joint Hurriyat leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, Wednesday called for a complete shutdown on June 2nd (Saturday) against the “recent increase in civilian killings, desecration of religious places , unnecessary and unjustified deployment of heavy contingents of forces in Jamia Masjid Srinagar area, desecration of graveyards, chopping off fruit orchards at Sugam Shopian, killing of a civilian Bilal Ahmad Gania and plight of prisoners in various jails including Tihar.
The Joint Hurriyat in a statement appealed “to the freedom loving people of Kashmir to observe a general strike on June 2nd, Saturday to register strong and peaceful protest against the barbaric and vile actions of brutality.”
“Bulldozing of residential houses, chopping down the orchards belonging to family members of Hizb Commander Zeenat-ul-Islam and desecrating the graveyards of martyrs like Sameer Tiger and all other forms of state terrorism, the freedom loving people of Kashmir should rise to the occasion to safeguard their countless and precious sacrifices,” the Joint Hurriyat said.
The joint Hurriyat condemned the “hypocritical role” played by the chief minister of the state by remaining a mere spectator of the atrocities inflicted on the people of Kashmir and reminded her past when she used to “shed crocodile tears on the funeral of slain youth and meeting with families of our martyrs”.