Srinagar, January 13 :In Kashmir valley complete shutdown was observed, today, to protest against the surge in killings and other human rights violations by Indian troops in the territory.
Call for the shutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. All shops, business establishments, private offices and fuel stations remained closed however traffic was not effected,
The authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations. police arrested Muhammad Yasin Malik after raiding his residence in Maisuma area of Srinagar, today, and shifted him to Kothi Bagh police station. The authorities had placed the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, under house arrest, last evening, while the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani’, remains under house arrest, The police had already arrested Hurriyat leaders including Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Bilal Siddiqi and Umar Aadil Dar. The detentions were aimed at stopping the leaders from leading the demonstrations. The authorities also suspended train services in the Kashmir Valley.
The APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement issued to API expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health condition of illegally detained Kashmiri’s lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. He said that the Kashmiri prisoners including Shabir Ahmed Shah, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Merajuddin Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Kamran Yousuf, Shahid Yousuf and Zahoor Ahmed Watali were being subjected to ill-treatment in the jail.
On the other hand, the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, in a written reply to the Kashmir Assembly admitted that 9,042 people were injured in the actions of Indian troops and police personnel against protesters during 8th July 2016 to 27th February 2017. The mass uprising triggered by the extra judicial killing of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, on 8th July 2016, was at its peak during this period. Mehbooba Mufti also said that at least 726 persons were detained under draconian law, Public Safety Act, in the past two years.
Besides it in another statement issued to API All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) strongly condemned the arrest of a Kashmiri businessman Bilal Ahmed Kawa of downtown Srinagar by the Delhi police and Anti-Terrorism Squad of Gujrat Police in connection with the 17-year-old case of attack on Red Fort. The APHC spokesman said Bilal is an innocent trader and who deals with leather and Fur business and often travels to Delhi for his business purposes.
The APHC spokesman said that his arrest ahead of the January 26 is nothing but a move to make him scapegoat.
The APHC spokesman while demanding unconditional release of Bilal said that it has been observed since long that the police often resort to harassment of Kashmiri businessmen, students, traders in various states of India which seems to be a well-planned conspiracy of the Government of India to label Kashmiris as suspects and then frame them in fake and false cases.
Expressing solidarity and sympathy with the family members of Bilal Ahmed Kawa, the APHC termed the protest staged by Bilal’s family members as fully justified and based on logic and demanded his immediate release. The spokesman said that there seems to be a well thought out plot against Bilal to frame him in a frivolous and baseless criminal case
Meanwhile, the spokesman castigated the government for once again imposing strict curbs and caging APHC chairman in his Nigeen residence stating that these repressive measures have been tested in the past and haven’t succeeded in breaking the resolve of resistance leadership and people towards the sacred Kashmir movement.