#Day39: Kashmir Facing ‘Karbala-Like’ Situation, says Jama’at, Details Aripanthan Situation



Bodies of two slain persons of Aripanthan area of Budgam. (KL image: Bilal Bahadur)
Bodies of two slain persons of Aripanthan area of Budgam. (KL image: Bilal Bahadur)

Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI) Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday said that forces and local police task force “have jointly established” a reign of terror thereby creating the “Karbala-like” situation throughout the Kashmir valley by killing seven more innocent youth in last two days.

The JeI statement detailed the Aripanthan situation which resulted in death of at least four local persons and injuries to many.

The statement is being reproduced here verbatim

During the intervening night of 15-16 August, a team of SOG police accompanied by CRPF personnel raided Aripanthan village but by the forceful protests of the people, they failed to arrest anyone.

At about midnight, they re-appeared but again they were forced to run away. On 16th August, at about 7:45 am they again appeared and near the local forest check post fired indiscriminately upon the people without any provocation or cause with the result four innocent youths lost their precious lives and scores other got critically injured.

People offer funeral prayers to the slain persons Aaripanthan area in central Kashmir's Budgam district on Tuesday, August 16, 2016PHOTO BY BILAL BAHADUR
People offer funeral prayers to the slain persons Aripanthan area in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

On hearing this tragic news, people in thousands from the adjoining areas rushed towards Aripanthan this morning and raising their voice angrily against this state barbarism and participated in Namaz-e-Jinazah.

In the same way, RR personnel indiscriminately fired upon protestors in Larkipora village and killed an innocent youth and injured dozens others.

In Malangpora, Pulwama SOG of police suddenly appeared and fired upon peaceful procession on 14th August and injured a number of innocent youths and damaged huge property of the people.

In Kurhama and Barsoo villages of Ganderbal, the same barbarity was demonstrated with the result a number of innocent protestors got injured.

People shout slogans during funeral procession of four youths killed in Aaripanthan area of central Kashmir's Budgam district. People in thousands attended the funeral prayersPHOTO BY BILAL BAHADUR
Women protestors shout pro-freedom slogans as slain persons (not in picture) are being taken for funeral rites in Aripanthan area of Budgam. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

The JeI statement identified slain youths as: 16 year old Yasir Ahmad Sheikh, s/o Abdul Salam Sheikh, r/o SD Colony, Batamaloo; 19 year old Amir Yousuf Ganaie, s/o Mohammad Yousuf Ganaie, r/o Larkipora; 16 year old Javed Ahmad Najar, s/o Ghulam Rasool; 18 year old Javed Ahmad Sheikh, s/o Ghulam Rasool Sheikh; 26 year old Manzoor Ahmad Lone, s/o Mohammad Akbar Lone and 25 year old Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, s/o Ghulam Mohammad, all residents of Aripanthan, Beerwah and injuring scores others of whom two youths: Towqeer Ahmad Bhat (13 years old), s/o Mohammad Shafi, r/o Aripanthan and Umar Majeed, r/o Fatehpora are lying in a very critical condition in hospitals.

“Police in furtherance of its arrest spree have detained a number of innocent persons during the last two days including an active worker of Jama’at-e-Islami, Abdul Qayoom Dar from Shuch village of Kulgam,” the statement said, “by these barbaric and inhumane tactics, the Indian forces have let loose a reign of terror in the valley and common people stand terrorized.”

In the meanwhile a delegation of Jama’at-e-Islami led by Advocate Zahid Ali met the families of recently slain Suhail Ahmad Wani of Lethpora and Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat of Chursoo Pulwama and expressed solidarity with them and paid great tributes to the “martyrs”.

Jama’at while vehemently condemning the “barbarism of Indian forces” and stressed upon the international institutions to exercise their diplomatic influence to get the “state terrorism stopped here and save the Kashmiris from genocide”.

“Further,” the statement said, “Jama’at advises the government of India to listen to the genuine voice of Kashmiris instead of applying its inhumane force upon them and start tripartite negotiations including Kashmiris as the main party and find ways to resolve the Kashmir issue as per the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Jama’at also demanded unconditional release of all Hurriyat leaders and political prisoners and detainees forthwith to create a congenial atmosphere for holding trilateral talks.

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