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Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown today

Srinagar, Oct 17: Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik Wednesday said that people will observe a protest shutdown on Thursday, against the “atrocities” being inflicted on people including killings, arbitrary arrests, and PSAs, destruction of homes, harassment of students, attack on journalists and all other measures of “repression.”

The separatist leadership, in a statement, expressed deep anguish and grief at the killing of the son of the house owner, Rayees Ahmed and two militants Mehraj ud Din Bangroo  and Faid Mushtaq Waza in Fateh Kadal Wednesday morning by the government forces.

They also expressed anguish over razing down of the house and damaging others around it and the cardiac arrest suffered by the owner of the house due to the forces action.

Joint Hurriyat spokesman said that state “repression” against people is increasing with each passing day as it gets manifest in different forms of atrocities being committed.

“State machinery is all out to crush people in order to crush their dissent. Communication lines are blocked as the internet is suspended frequently. Youth and activists are arbitrarily booked under draconian PSA and sent to outside jails,” they said.

“There is no law in the land except the law of state might. Universities and colleges are forcibly closed to disallow students from raising their voice against daily killings and atrocities. Kashmiri Students in outside universities are booked in false cases and harassed. Even news reporters and photographers are not spared and thrashed.”