The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) denounced the forces for resorting to use of “unbridled force” to bar the leadership and people from marching towards Anantnag to express solidarity with the people of South Kashmir.
The JRL said that among the measures that were taken include putting barricades around Anantnag town to turn it into “a military garrison” and snapping of “communication lines” and restrictions in Srinagar city.
The JRL said that the police continued to carry out “nocturnal and day-long raids” on the houses of hundreds of youth in Srinagar and Anantnag to instill “fear among the minds of people and to scuttle the plans of march.”
The resistance leadership said that imposition of strict “curfews, caging resistance leaders and conducting raids and blocking all the roads reflects the acceptance of defeat by the authorities as it signifies their nervousness and fear of exposure just on the call of peaceful rallies given by the resistance camp.”
Talking to media persons present outside his residence before his arrest , Hurriyat (M) chairman Umar Farooq strongly criticized the current dispensations for forcibly disallowing the peaceful march call by JRL . He said repeated “curbs restrictions, arrests and detentions of leadership and activists is a classic case of colonial attitude.’’
“People of south Kashmir have suffered immensely since middle of last year and continue to bear the severe brunt,’’ he said, adding “ hundreds of people mostly our youth have been killed including those in the Operation `All Out’.”
“ Every second day the cordon and search operation (CASO) is launched in some area or other and people are tormented and harassed and when they protest, they are fired upon killed ,injured or arrested. Houses are broken and vandalized and inmates beaten up.’’
Mirwaiz said that he has not “even once been allowed to visit and reach out to the hapless and suffering but brave people of South Kashmir.” “We are constantly caged and arrested and restrictions and curbs are put in place. Even when we want to protest these repressive measures here it is not allowed.”
The JRL said that foiling the march “ completely exposes every claim to anything remotely connected with democracy or right to expression that those in power in New Delhi and their local stooges often claim in press and media. By disallowing the rally government has conceded its defeat “
Mirwaiz said “resilient people of the state and the leadership will not cower under these dictatorial and repressive measures and will peacefully continue to strive for our ‘right of self determination.’’’ He also denounced the barring of Friday prayers for the 18-th time at historic Jamia Masjid and said that preventing people from reaching Jamia “won’t be tolerated in future and the move will be resisted tooth and nail.”