Srinagar, Jan 11: Joint Hurriyat leadership on Thursday held a protest demonstration in Srinagar against the civilian killings and arrests.
The activists of pro-freedom groups held a protest demonstration in city center Lal Chowk against the recent civilian killings and arrest spree.
Pertinently, the joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik has called for shutdown on Saturday against the civilian killing.
Terming the civilian killings as “genocide” of Kashmiris, the activists demanded the release of young boys from jails, release of political prisoners and end to civilian killings.
The activists carrying banners, “We want Freedom”, tried to take out a rally, however policemen deployed in strength thwarted their move.
After reaching near Press enclave, protesters held a sit-in which was addressed by Joint Hurriyat leaders including Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Hakeem Abdul Rashid and Noor Muhammad Kalwal.
Later the joint leadership in a statement said that thousands of young and old Kashmiris have been put into jails and incarceration centers and authorities are “doing everything to prolong their confinement”.
“Hundreds of Kashmiris are languishing in jails from decades under concocted charges. Many have been imprisoned for life and many are facing trails from a long time and are even being denied a bail,” they said.
They said that from last year NIA and Enforcement Directorate has been “used as a tool to penalize more Kashmiris and these agencies acting on the orders of their political masters not only arrested many leaders and kith and kin of people in resistance including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saif-u-llah, Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal , Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Kamran Yousuf, Javid Ahmad and Shahid Yousuf Shah, but also grilled hundreds of Kashmiris in the name of ‘terror’ funding”.
Referring to the killing of a young man Khalid Ahmad Dar at Khudwani Kulgam by forces, the joint leaders said that “during last month or so…forces killed many innocents including two women and many young boys.”
“Though these killings are done by Indian forces but the responsibility lies on the shoulders of those pro-India politicians, assembly members and rulers who provide legal cover and immunity to the killers and thus contribute in this genocide,” the leaders added.
Reiterating the call for a complete shutdown on Saturday 13th January 2018, against brutal killings at Khudwani, leaders appealed people to shut down their offices, business establishments, transport and other activities for one day and raise their voices against growing Indian state terrorism on Saturday, 13th January 2018.
Yasin Malik’s detention: SHRC issues notice to CS, Home Sec, DGP
Srinagar, April 24: State Human Rights commission on Wednesday issued to notice Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner Secretary Home department and DGP police asking to submit the detailed compliance report regarding detention and shifting of Muhammad Yasin Malik to NIA custody.
According to the KNO correspondent the petitioner, Ahsan Untoo, had pleaded before the SHRC that Malik is a political worker and was detained under Public Safety Act and later handed over to National Investigation Agency, calling it ‘illegal’. The notice to government officials was issued by State Human Rights commission chairperson Rtd justice Bilal Nazki.
“The authorities illegally allowed the police authorities to change the custody which is otherwise illegal in nature and handed over custody to NIA,” Untoo had pleaded before the commission. It was reported health conditions got deteriorated with unknown reasons and the family members; friends were not allowed to interact or to get the health information of Malik.
Untoo in his petitions said that when Malik’s lawyer met him on April 20, at RML Hospital, he was not able to have a conversation with the lawyer as he was ruthlessly beaten by the NIA authorities, he was rushed to the RML hospital in a very critical condition and since then no one has been allowed to interact with Malik.
“It creates apprehensions in the mind of family members and the general public of the valley that he might have been assassinated by the authorities and in this regard no communication has been made by the concerned authorities regarding the same,” he said in his petition.
Untoo had also pleaded before SHRC that a team be constituted who will receive a firsthand information regarding the wellbeing of Malik, and he be brought before the media so as the apprehensions regarding the assassination of Malik are put to rest.(KNO)
Vehicle carrying perishable food items be exempted from NH ban: Faesal
Srinagar, Apr 24: Calling upon the government to at least , exempt vehicles carrying perishable items, vegetables, fruits, poultry and livestock from National Highway Traffic ban, President J&K Peoples Movement, Dr. Shah Faesal Wednesday said that the ban is harming small traders the most.
In a statement issued, Dr. Faesal said that restrictions on the movement of vehicles carrying perishable items has put traders to huge loss adding that administration seems to be in deep slumber to pay heed to the pleas of affected people.
“I got a call last night that a vehicle carrying livestock has been stuck on the highway for last two days. There is shortage of fodder and the animals are about to die due to hunger”, Shah Faesal added.
He said that not only human beings but even animals are also suffering due to the highway ban. He has forcibly demanded to revoke the draconian measure immediately.
He said ban on movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is totally undemocratic and anti-people which is causing huge inconvenience to all sections of the society including small and marginal traders.
Rawalpora youth’s death: CCTV shows Umar falling down on a roadside: Police
Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday said that questioning was on to ascertain the facts behind the mysterious death of a youth, Umar Bhat of Rawalpora’s Astanpora area.
Umar in his late 20s was found dead on Sunday after he left his home in the morning to attend a function at Tagore hall.
Station House Officer (SHO), Shergari Police station, Aftab Ahmad told The Kashmir Monitor that they were waiting for the postmortem report.
He said the CCTV footage available with the Police shows Umar falling on the road near Oxford school, Wanabal.
“It appears that he was under the influence of drugs, it is only an assumption. Only after postmortem report, we would be able to speak on the cause of death,” Aftab maintained.
He said they have recorded the statements of around 4-5 persons in connection with the case.
“His friends, including the one who accompanied him to Star Hospital (in Sanat Nagar), where he was initially brought for treatment, are being questioned,” he said.
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