Kulgam Killings: Geelani Calls for Shutdown in District Tomorrow



Expressing deep sorrow and grief over the killing of two militants in Rudwani Kulgam gun battle and killing of a civilian in the police firing, Hurriyat (g) called for a shutdown on Tuesday in the district while Hurriyat (m) said that the “legitimate struggle of Kashmiris can’t be suppressed by use of military might”.

An amalgam statement, “Syed Ali Geelani called for a complete shutdown in Kulgam district on 23 June Monday.”

The statement said that a delegation comprising Hurriyat leaders Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Ameer Hamza, Mohammad Shaban Dar (district president Kulgam), Bashir Ahmad Qurashi and Zahoor-Ul-Haq Geelani visited the Redwani Bala village and participated in the funeral prayers of the slain militants and also took part in the protest demonstration there.

“Our beloved youths are consciously adopting the path of brave hearts against the forced and illegal military occupation of India and they are sacrificing their youth for the better future of their nation but the cruel and merciless forces of India are also killing our those innocent and unarmed students who have no arms in their hands and whose only crime is that they take part in the peaceful protest demonstrations,” Geelani was quoted as having said.

“An innocent youth in Rudwani Kulgam was brutally killed by the Indian forces in the similar incident. It is the worst kind of state terrorism and it has no justifications,” he said adding, “the huge participation of the common people in the funeral processions of the militants is causing frustration to the Indian forces and on these occasions they in the revenge kill any of the civilian out of this frustration. Similar situation happened in Kulgam that soon after the militants were trapped in the gun battle; the people showed extreme love and affection for them and displayed their enthusiasm in owning these militants which frustrated and irritated the Indian forces and they killed a civilian in the revenge.”

Hurriyat patriarch further alleged that due to the “rigidity and stubbornness” of India, the loss of precious human lives is continue in Jammu & Kashmir and “our children prefer to pickup guns instead of pen and books”.

Paying tributes to Javed Ahmad of Redwani and Ovais Ahmad Nengroo of Yaripora who were killed during an encounter with the armed forces at Kulgam, Hurriyat (m) Monday stated that complete commitment and resolve towards “freedom struggle was inevitable to take the mission of martyrs forward to its logical end”.

A Hurriyat spokesperson said, “legitimate struggle of Kashmiris can’t be suppressed by use of military might.”

Condemning the use of force against the protesters in Kulgam during which one civilian Asif Ahmad of Rudwani was killed and scores of houses were pulverized “by the troops by setting them on fire”, the spokesperson said, “under the garb of encounters the Indian troops were deliberately killing innocent civilians thus displaying the worst form of state sponsored terrorism.”

The statement said that amalgam leader, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, visited Rudwani and Yaripora Kulgam to pay tributes to the two slain militants and one civilian during the encounter.

In its communiqué, Hurriyat (g) said that its constituent Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the Holy month of Ramadan, is going to organize a daylong “Nazool-i-Quran” Conference on 28 June / 10 Ramzan-Ul-Mubarak, Sunday, at its Hyderpora Headquarter, which is going to be presided by Hurriyat chairperson Syed Ali Geelani. The function will start at ten in the morning.

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