India foiling protest detains JRL

Saturday - February 3, 2018
SRINAGAR (Indian Occupied Kashmir): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), the puppet authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar and Shopian, on Friday, and arrested several hurriyat leaders and activists including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to prevent a march towards Shopian town against the surge in civilian killings by Indian troops.

According to Kashmir media service (KMS), call for the march was given by joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to express solidarity with the families of the civilians who were recently killed in the brutal actions of the troops in Shopian district.

The resistance leaders had also announced to hold a rally from Jamia Masjid in Shopian to the main chowk (junction) in the town. However, the puppet IOK authorities imposed stringent restrictions in Srinagar and Shopian to prevent people from converging at the Jamia Masjid while all entry and exit points of the southern town were sealed.

Complete shutdown was observed in Shopian and Pulwama districts on the 9th consecutive day as the authorities continued to snap the internet service. Train service between Baramulla area of the IOK valley and Banihal area of Jammu was suspended.

People were not allowed to offer Juma (Friday) prayers at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.

Indian troops and police also besieged hundreds of people including Muhammad Yasin Malik who had managed to reach the Jamia Masjid in Shopian despite stringent restrictions.

The police arrested Yasin Malik as soon as he came out of the historic mosque and tried to lead the rally.

Massive protests erupted in the town after the arrest of Yasin Malik. The protesters raised high-pitched ‘anti-India’ and ‘pro-freedom’ slogans and fought pitched battles with the Indian forces’ personnel.

Indian police took Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq into custody outside their residences in Srinagar after they defied their house detention and tried to march towards Shopian town.

The police lodged Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at Nigeen police station while Syed Ali Gilani was again put under house arrest.

The puppet IOK authorities had also put several other hurriyat leaders including Aasiya Andrabi, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Bilal Siddiqi, Hilal Ahmed War, Javaid Ahmed Mir and Bashir Ahmad Butt under house detention or in custody to stop them from leading the march.

On the other hand, hundreds of people at Khanqah-e-Muala in Pampore town offered funeral prayers in absentia for the civilians martyred in Shopian. They also held a peaceful protest at Namblabal Chowk against the killings amid slogans in favour of freedom and against India.

Clashes between protesters and Indian forces erupted in Soibug and Daharmunna areas of Budgam district when the forces’ personnel used brute force on ‘anti-India’ demonstrations.