#Day25: Thousands attend ‘grand conference’ in Kulgam

Shah Hilal

Kulgam

Women and children were at the forefront of protests in Khudwani area of Kulgam district.
Women and children were at the forefront of protests in Khudwani area of Kulgam district. Photo: Shah Hilal.

On Tuesday, amid curfew thousands of people began marching towards Gath, Khudwani in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, to protest against the latest civilian killings.

An eyewitness told Kashmir Life, “Around five thousand vehicles including bikes, cars, cabs, load-carriers, buses etc. started a rally from Rampora, Arwani, Wanpora, Fissal, Koimoh villages and other adjoining areas towards Kulgam. People then assembled at Gath in Khudwani village, where Tehreek-i-Hurriyat leaders addressed the rally.”

People using makeshift bride made of boats to reach Khudwani village in Kulgam. Photo: Shah Hilal.
People using makeshift bride made of boats to reach Khudwani village in Kulgam. Photo: Shah Hilal.

Members of Tehreek-i-Hurriyat: Mohammad Ramzan Sheikh, Shabir Ahmad Elahi, Sartaj Barkati addressed people. Later people offered prayers for those who were killed in last 25 days of uprising.

“This arrest spree and harassment from the government forces should stop immediately,” said Sarjan Barkati. “Our struggle for freedom will continue.”

Protesters displaying banners during a rally at Khudwani. Photo: Shah Hilal.
Protesters displaying banners during a rally at Khudwani. Photo: Shah Hilal.

Since July 9, Kashmir is under strict curfew after militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani and his two associates were killed in an encounter in Bamdoora village in Kokernag area of south Kashmir. The protests that followed Burhan’s killing left more than 50 civilians dead, and around 3000 injured with pellet and bullet injuries.

I agree to the Terms and Conditions of Kashmir Life

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here