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Jammu & Kashmir: Strikes, protests called on civilian killing

19th Jul 2013

BY Abid Bashir

Srinagar, J & K, India, (Greater Kashmir): The separatists Thursday strongly condemned the civilian killings by forces at Gool, terming the incident an act of “State terrorism.” They said the forces in JK have gone “trigger-happy” and are killing innocent people without any justification.

Besides, various religious organizations including Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith, Ulema-e-Ahnaf and Jamaat-e-Islami have also condemned the civilian killings at Gool and urged people to register strong protest against the act on Friday.

Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for three day strike to protest the killing of innocent civilians in Gool area while’s Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has called for two-day strike.

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for shutdown on Friday and appealed the people to march towards Lal Chowk. Massive protests erupted in several parts of Kashmir to denounce the Gool killings.

To thwart any attempt of protests the top separatist leadership has been put under house arrest since Thursday afternoon.

According to a JKLF spokesman, the front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik took out a protest rally soon after the news about Gool killings spread.

However, police intercepted the protestors and detained Malik along with dozens of front leaders including Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Bashir Kashmiri and Ghulam Muhammad Dar.

Soon after Malik’s protest rally and subsequent arrests, entire Lal Chowk witnessed observed a complete shutdown. Malik has called for a complete shutdown on Friday and urged people to march towards Lal Chowk after Friday congregational prayers.

After JKLF protest, High Court Bar Association also took out a protest rally against Gool killings.

The Bar Association condemned the arrest of Malik and urged people to support his Friday call.

Chairman Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani has called for a three-day strike and strongly condemned the Gool killings.

Hurriyat (M) chairman has appealed people to observe complete strike for two-days and to assemble at Jamia Masjid here on Friday to offer prayers in absentia for the deceased.

Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest Thursday afternoon. Media Advisor to Hurriyat (M) Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam told Greater Kashmir that large contingents of police arrived at his Nigeen residence and informed Mirwaiz about his house arrest.

Later a police contingent also arrived at the Sanat Nagar residence of Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Media Advisor to Hurriyat (M) to put him under house arrest, however he was not present at his home.

Democratic Freedom Party Chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah has also called for complete shutdown on Friday.

National Front Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan also been put under house arrest since Thursday evening. He has strongly condemned the Gool killings and termed it as one the dimensions of state terrorism

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