Hizb calls for strike on 26 Jan, Asks students and teachers to refrain from participating in ‘Republic Parades’

Srinagar: Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen Monday appealed people in Jammu and Kashmir to observe a complete shutdown on January 26.

Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and United Jihad Council Chief Syed Salahuddin asked people to observeJanuary 26 as a ‘black day’ to protest against the “reign of terror unleashed by India in Kashmir”. He said that in wake of Indian suppressive policies in Kashmir, India has lost moral right to observe its Republic Day parades.

“Innocent people are being murdered and blinded through pellets. Youth are arrested and leadership is being detained in their houses. There is no name of freedom and liberty and even inside India minorities are attacked and hounded. Whole Valley has been turned into army garrison,” said Salahuddin in a statement to news agency CNS.

“Indian troopers have martyred thousands of Kashmiri people who demanded right to self-determination and the process is going on. In 1990 from January 20 to 27, India committed multiple massacres across Valley. India has been using all the tactics to suppress the freedom movement in Kashmir. It has been resorting to extra-custodial killings and random arrests of innocent youth,” he said.

The Chief also warned the Government not to force students to “participate in India’s Republic Day celebrations”.

“I appeal people to observe a complete shutdown on January 26. I also appeal to students and government teachers to refuse to participate in January 26 parades and give a loud and clear message to International community that they are against Indian occupation and will continue their struggle till it is not taken to its logical conclusion.”

As per statement, rich tributes were offered to the martyrs of Gawkadal, Handwara and Kupwara massacres. (CNS)