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Hurriyat (g) chairperson Syed Ali Geelani Wednesday telephonically addressed the mourners who had assembled in Zainakote HMT.
Geelani had appealed people to attend a condolence meet at Zainakote to pay tributes to slain Gowhar Nazir Dar. Gowhar was killed in forces action last Saturday evening.
Geelani while paying tributes to Gowhar, who was a final year Computer engineering student at SSM College of engineering and technology, said, “the way Mufti Sayeed led Government has been using force against the civilians and caging separatists is testimony to the fact that he is power hungry and wants to cling to the chair come what may.”
Holding Mufti responsible for the killing of Gowhar, Geelani said, “Mufti is the chairperson of the Unified Command of the army, therefore he is equally responsible for the killing.”
“Mufti is playing revenge with the local population who are up-in-arms against him,” he said.
The authorities did not allow any march towards HMT on Wednesday as Srinagar administration imposed severe restrictions in Old City and HMT areas.
Terming the inquiry ordered by government as “time buying exercise”, Geelani said, “the inquiry will die down like it has in many cases in the past.”
Meanwhile, a Hurriyat statement issued here condemned the ‘curfew’ imposed in parts of Srinagar against the call for a march to Gowhar’s residence.
The statement said, “the government in order to cover its killings is using the tactics of curfew, harassments and mass arrests.”
A Hurriyat (g) delegation visited Gowhar’s residence and also addressed the gathering. Early in the day, police lobbed tear gas shells to disperse another Hurriyat delegation led by Nisar Hussain Rather who was injured in the action. Later, Muhammad Yaseen Attaie, Imtiyaz Hyder and few others were detained when they were on way to Hyderpora office of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.
Life in parts of Srinagar, Wednesday remained affected due to the restrictions imposed by the district administration.
While situation in major parts of the city remained normal, minor stone pelting was reported from some old city areas.
Roads witnessed thin movement of traffic and business establishments remained shut for the day. City centre, Lal Chowk, and Batamaloo remained unaffected and normal business was going on.
However, clashes broke out between protestors and forces in Umarabad area of Zainakote, HMT.