Srinagar, Feb 12:
Separatists called for complete shutdown on Monday against the civilian killings by forces during an encounter in Frisal village of Kulgam district on Sunday.
Strongly condemning the killings, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik also called for ‘Kulgam march’ on Wednesday (February 15).
“There will be complete shutdown on Monday (February 13) and Kulgam Chalo on February 15 against the civilian killings by the Indian forces and police,” reads the joint statement issued here.
The joint separatist leadership strongly condemned the “use of brute force” against civilians in Frisal Kulgam and termed forces’ action as worst form of “state terrorism”.
“Such merciless acts will never be tolerated and we are obliged to resent and raise our voice against state sponsored terrorism,” it said.
Talking to Rising Kashmir, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said forces were always hell-bent upon to kill innocent Kashmiris.
“These killings are highly condensable. Indian forces always look for chances to kill innocents in the Valley,” Mirwaiz said.
He said forces under the garb of fighting militancy go on rampage to maim, injure and shed the blood of civilians.
“These untamed forces are not accountable to anyone. The life has been devalued with killings of innocents in Kashmir,” he said.
Soon after the encounter between forces and militants in Frisal Kulgam, in which four militants, two army men and one civilian were killed, massive clashes broke out near the encounter site.
Amid pro- freedom and anti- India slogans protesters started hurling stones at the forces while forces in retaliation opened fire to disperse protesters.