Shutdown in occupied Kashmir against killing of youth
09 September, 2013
SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed, today, to protest against the killing of four persons by Indian troops in Shopian, yesterday.
Call for the shutdown had been given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik.
All shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the road.
The occupation authorities imposed curfew and other restrictions in Shopian and Kulgam towns to prevent people from holding demonstrations against the killings. Indian troops and police personnel had been deployed in strength in the two towns to keep the residents indoor. People in Shopian defying curfew staged protest against the killings. Several people were injured when Indian forces resorted to brute force to disperse protesters in Shopian and at Budshah Chowk in Srinagar.
The puppet authorities placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Zafar Akbar Butt under house arrest while the JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, remained lodged at Kothi Bagh Police Station in Srinagar.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Yasmeen Raja, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt, Firdous Ahmed Shah and Ghulam Ahmed Parray in their statements strongly denounced the brutal action of the troops in Shopian. They appealed to the international community and world human rights organisations to impress upon India to stop human rights violations in the territory and take steps towards settling the Kashmir dispute.
APHC leaders, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Javed Ahmed Mir, visited SMHS hospital in Srinagar and inquired about the health of the youth injured in the troops' firing in Shopian.
On the other hand, at least 13 people including 12 Indian policemen were injured in a grenade attack in Pulwama.