Protests, clashes in parts of Valley

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 23: The district authorities on Tuesday imposed curbs in parts of this capital city and detained senior resistance leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik to foil the march to Lal Chowk called by joint resistance leadership against the ‘killing spree’.

Reports reaching Global News Service (GNS) said that strict restrictions were imposed in and around Lal Chowk to scuttle the protest march called by JRL against the fresh spate of killings by the government forces in the Valley.

Lal Chowk, the commercial hub of the city presented a deserted look with all shops and offices closed. Only government forces were seen today in the city centre, which was sealed with spools of razor wire and barricades, reports said. Forces had also blocked all entry points leading to the city centre with barricades and concertina wire.

However, despite curbs and stringent security measures, JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik, who had gone into hiding ahead of the proposed Lal Chowk march, surfaced at Koker Bazaar here this morning and tried to take out the JRL called rally. However, before he could reach the historic Ganta Ghar, policemen detained Malik and took him to the nearby police station, reports said.

“At every nook and corner of the Valley, young boys are being killed. We only see coffins of these young men. And the irony is that we are even barred from mourning. Peaceful protests are not being allowed,” Malik told reporters before he was taken into custody.

The JKLF chief said that the JRL has decided that if the government doesn’t stop the new cycle of killings, atrocities and repression, the people will be called upon get ready for a long agitation.

Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was also detained when he tried to march towards Lal Chowk after scaling wall of his residence in Nigeen.

“Jammu and Kashmir has been turned into a slaughter house. Innocent youth are being killed in CASO. Anti-tank missiles are being used to destroy homes. Pregnant women are being killed,” Mirwaiz said.

He said that the government of India has made it a state policy to carry out genocide in Jammu and Kashmir and calling for any probe into human rights violations by the forces will be waste of time.

“The time has come when we all have to come together to stop the genocide of Kashmiris. We all have to stand up and fight the injustice,” he said.

However, the chairman of parallel faction Syed Ali Geelani was not allowed by cops to step out of his Hyderpora residence.

In Lal Chowk, trade bodies staged peaceful demonstrations in this capital city in response to the call given by JRL.

Dozens of members of Kashmir chamber of commerce and industry (KCCI) this morning assembled at Regal Chowk and staged a protest to express solidarity with the families of the people killed in south Kashmir’s Kulgam.

“Every killing, every strike and every large-scale disturbance demands and calls for the resolution of Kashmir dispute. The KCCI calls upon human rights groups wherever they are, to report events which shake the conscience of the society and bring them into the notice of world community,” Vice President KCCI, Naseer Hamid Khan said.

Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) and Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) also staged protest over the alleged genocide of Kashmiris by the government forces.

Members of High Court Bar Association also took out a protest march against the alleged human rights violations committed by the government forces. The bar members were led by its President Mian Abdul Qayoom.

Meanwhile, protests and clashes broke out in parts of Srinagar and south Kashmir’s Pulwama, as a shutdown was observed in parts of the Valley against the fresh spate of killings.

Groups of youth clashed with government forces in Nawab Bazar, Chattabal, Parimpora, JVC and other parts of Srinagar, reports said. The government forces burst tear smoke shells to disperse the angry protesters.

At Wathura, Chadura in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, forces used tear smoke shells after angry youth pelted rocks at them.

Clashes were also reported from Kadlabal area of Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. (GNS)

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