The authorities on Wednesday foiled the “Shopian Chalo” program by
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) for which a call was given to express solidarity with those who were killed on Sunday in south Kashmir.
The JRL leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had called for ‘Shopian chalo’ to express solidarity with the slain civilians.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani tried to come out of his residence at Hyderpora, but the green color iron-gate of his house was locked by the police from outside.
Geelani knocked at the door for few minutes but the gate was not opened by the police. Geelani asked the heavy contingent of police deployed outside his residence to open the gate. “Darwaza
kholo…tumhari jamhooriyat ka jinaza nikal raha hai… (Open the door… your democracy is on its death bed..),” he said, as police prevented Geelani from moving outside.
Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was detained when he tried to proceed towards Shopian. He was later put under house arrest.
Mirwaiz said Kashmir is no “one’s integral part it belongs to the people of Kashmir and it is our fundamental right to decide our future and destiny and people of Kashmir are giving supreme scarifies for this cause.”
Mirwaiz said there is no amount of might that will break their resolve. “Nor will propaganda lies and fake narratives. Kashmir was and is a dispute that has to be resolved by people’s choice. Our
current condition is a result of New Delhi’s obstinacy and PDP &NC are equally responsible,” he said.
A Hurriyat (G) spokesman later in a press statement termed the restriction of Hurriyat leadership a “Gunda Raj’’ of police.
He said that Kashmir valley has been turned into a “military garrison” as neither men nor women are safe.
Geelani was quoted as saying that the government is not allowing them (Hurriyat leaders) to meet or hold any program.
“Our voice is being suppressed. Whenever we plan any program, we are put behind bars. The rights of the people of J&K are muzzled and violated,” he said.
Geelani said that they are not afraid of state power and threats. “Nor will we budge. People will carry and follow freedom struggle and show resentment despite all odds. We will never accept supremacy or hegemony of India and will oppose forcible occupation and pursue over
genuine struggle till last solider leaves our state,” he said.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Gulam Ahmad Gulzar, Mukhtar Waza, Ashraf Laya and other Hurriyat leaders were either kept under house arrest or detained in different police stations.
Meanwhile clashes erupted between protesters and government forces in Kangan area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Wednesday against the killing of Gowhar Ahmed Rather. Reports said clashes broke out after youth tried to take out a protest rally against the killing of Gowhar.
As per reports forces resorted to tear-gas shelling to disperse the protesting youth. Some youth and a policeman suffered minor injuries, reports added.
Gowhar succumbed at SKIMS Soura on Tuesday, a day after he was injured in a police ction. Curfew was imposed in Kangan area to stem protests against the killing of a youth in police action while
internet service was also snapped in the area.
Restrictions were imposed in Srinagar areas falling under the jurisdiction of police stations of Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Khanyar, M R Gunj and partial restrictions in Kral Khud and Maisuma.
Locals said that forces in large number were deployed in downtown areas since the wee hours to prevent any untoward incident.
A spontaneous shutdown was also witnessed across Kashmir valley with all the business establishments and private commercial units remaining closed, while public transport was also off the roads.
However, there was no shutdown call by any of the pro-freedom groups. The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for Shopian Chalo, but people observed complete shutdown.
Restrictions were in place in main town Shopian as authorities had imposed section 144 to foil the JRL’s Shopian chalo call while the forces had been deployed in strength here. In Memandar, Bonbazar,
Hospital road and Shirmal areas of Shopian, intense clashes between the forces and protesters were witnessed.
In Pulwama also the large posse of police and CRPF were deployed in the main town to prevent people from marching towards Shopian. Main town of Kulgam witnessed similar scenes as the forces were seen questioning and frisking the commuters passing through here in the
In Anantnag, the authorities had laid barbed wire at Mattan point, Ashajipora to foil the Shopian chalo march while there was a deployment of police and paramilitary forces while movement of
private vehicles was thin.