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Srinagar, Apr 06: Authorities barred Syed Ali Geelani from offering Friday prayers by not allowing him to venture out of his Hyderpora house, Hurriyat Conference (G) said today.
A spokesperson of Hurriyat (G) in a statement issued to GNS said large contingents of police and CRPF were deployed on main roads leading to the residence of Syed Ali Geelani and no one was allowed to move out of Hurriyat office.
He said as Geelani moved towards Lal Chowk to offer Friday prayers, he was prevented by a heavy contingent of police from doing so.
Lashing out at authorities, the spokesperson said that police chief in his statement had stated that Geelani is ‘Azad’ now but the continuous curbs on his movement proved that they are relying on false propaganda and their tall claims stand deflated.
Meanwhile, Geelani in a statement issued to GNS said the government was preventing the resistance leaders to stage peaceful protests. “It tantamount to interference in religious matters,” he said and appealed international community to raise voice against “massacre” of civilians in Kashmir.
“More than twenty were brutally killed and hundreds maimed in pellet firing,” said Geelani, adding, “How long Kashmir people, youth should especially be made direct target by force personnel. The world community should take serious cognizance of unending killings in the state.”
Geelani said Kashmiris will continue with their struggle till freedom is achieved. He said the sacrifices of youth won’t go waste and nobody will be allowed to play with their sacrifices, adding that “we will never surrender or succumb to pressure but will pursue our cherished mission till it is taken to its logical conclusion”.
“We, with a sincere heart, want to convey that we are yearning for peace and seek a peaceful resolution to the long- pending Kashmir issue. India needs to fulfill its promise of giving Kashmiris their right to self-determination to choose their future,” Geelani said.
“We want to remind Indian authorities that we are not demanding any part of India be separated but Jammu & Kashmir is a disputed territory which needs a resolution in accordance with resolutions presented by India itself before UN on January 1948,” Hurriyat (G) chairman added.
Meanwhile, Syed Ali Geelani and Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai in a joint condolence message expressed their deep grief over the demise of mother of Hizb ul-Mujahideen leader Imtiyaz Aalam and prayed for departed soul and forbearance to the grieved family to bear the irreparable loss.
Hurriyat (G) also strongly condemned the arrest of its executive member Nisar Husain Rather.
“Rather was arrested outside the Hurriyat office Hyderpora today and shifted to an unknown destination,” Hurriyat (G) said.


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Yasin Malik’s detention: SHRC issues notice to CS, Home Sec, DGP

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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)

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Vehicle carrying perishable food items be exempted from NH ban: Faesal

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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.

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Rawalpora youth’s death: CCTV shows Umar falling down on a roadside: Police

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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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