People being killed despite ceasefire: Joint Hurriyat
Srinagar, Jun 02:Joint Hurriyat Leadership of Syed Ali Geelani Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik Strongly condemned the killing of another youth 21-year-old Qaisar Bhat of Fateh Kadal by CRPF vehicle at Nowhatta on Friday.
They said that the “killing spree” of Kashmiris by the forces continues despite Ramadan ceasefire either by bullets pellets or lately by crushing them under their vehicles.
The Joint Hurriyat, in a statement, said that “what is worse is that after mowing down Qaisar under forces vehicle a case for ‘rash driving’ has been registered by the police in this regard as if the incident happened by accident when it is a case of plain murder”.
“The accused would anyway go scot-free under AFSPA,” the leadership added.
The leadership said the that assaulting mourners during the funeral and burial of the Qaisar with tear gas shells and pellets causing grave injuries to scores of them again reflects the authorities anti-people and inhuman approach.
They said that repeatedly putting downtown under curfew and severe restrictions, snapping internet connection, barricading roads and alleys, stationing of forces at every nook and corner even in the holy month of Ramadan causing grave inconvenience and harassment to the people living is uncalled for and highly condemnable. All these repressive measures are big stumbling blocks for peace in Kashmir and any kind of engagement.
The Joint Hurriyat also regretted that the rally at Aali Masjid to pay homage to Muhajir-e-Millat Mirwaiz Yousuf Shah while recalling his great services and contribution in the field of religion and politics on his 51st death anniversary was also not allowed by the authorities as restrictions were put in place and leadership detained.
They thanked people for protesting the killings of Kashmiri’s, intimidation and desecration of Jamia Masjid and vandalisation of houses and graveyards at the hands of forces by observing a complete hartal against these measures.
Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest on Saturday to prevent him from leading protests against the killing of a youth in downtown Srinagar.
A spokesman said that the Mirwaiz was placed under detention at his Nigeen residence.
Following his detention, Mirwaiz took to social media to condemn the death of Qaisar Ahmad, who was ploughed down by a Central Reserve Police Force vehicle during protests in old city yesterday.
“Downtown put under curfew Internet snapped while I placed under #HouseArrest barring me from addressing a rally on occasion of JungEbadr.All this while we lost another 21 year old youth Qaiser Bhat to Indian occupation as he was mowed to death by a CRPF vehicle,Deeply grieved!” tweeted Mirwaiz.
Police on Saturday arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik from his residence in Srinagar.
A spokesman of the outfit said Malik was arrested from his Maisuma residence today morning. “A posse of policemen arrived at his residence and detained him,” he said.