#Day32: Thousands Attend Pro-Freedom Rally At Lelhaar Pulwama



A pro-freedom rally in Zabli Pora area of South Kashmir's Islamabad on Tuesday. (KL Image: Shah Hilal)
A pro-freedom rally in Zabli Pora area of South Kashmir’s Islamabad on Tuesday. (KL file Image: Shah Hilal)

The defiant people in South Kashmir are continuing with the series of pro-freedom rallies and on Tuesday – 32nd consecutive day of renewed mass uprising – thousands of people are attending a mass rally in Pulwama district.

The pro-freedom rallies, which have remained almost peaceful, apparently seem converging in to “civil disobedience rallies”.

Since July 09, when the mass protests were triggered after popular militant commander Burhan Wani was killed by forces on July 08, 2016 in Kokernag area, J&K government clamped down with strict curfew and united resistance leadership have issued protest calendars since then.

Today, thousands of people are attending a huge rally in Lelhaar area of Pulwama.

A journalist who is present in the area said that huge crowds of protestors started assembling in the playground at Lelhaar since this morning. “the ground is half of Eidgah (Srinagar),” he guessed the vastness of the venue of the pro-freedom rally.

Shaista Hamid
Shaista Hamid

Lelhaar, it may be noted, has witnessed huge pro-freedom demonstrations for a long time now.

It was early this winter that two students lost their lives when forces used live ammunition against civilians when an encounter was going on in the area. To help militant succeed in fleeing the area, people had started protests and two young students – Shaista Hameed and Mir Asif Farooq alias Danish – were killed by forces.

A resident of Lelhaar, Shaista was awaiting final year results of her MA degree in Urdu while Danish was pursuing engineering from IUST Awantipora and lived in adjacent Ratnipora village.

Mir Asif alias Danish, slain engineering student at IUST.

“People from Pulwama villages inclduing Lajoora, Hajibal, Ratnipora, Goripora Padgampora, Malangpora, Quil and others have come here and the atmosphere here is very emotional,’ the journalist said.

The Lelhaar rally comes a few days after when forces set ablze huge Pandals in Chandgam in the same district and Chee area of Islamabad to thwart people from holding such mass congregations where people talk “Azaadi from occupation” but both the rallies were held though.

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