Police Foils Lawyers Protest

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Police preventing the lawyers to come out of the high court premises in Srinagar. Photo by:Bilal Bahadur

KL Report

Srinagar

Police on Wednesday foiled a protest rally of the Lawyers of Kashmir High Court Bar association (KHBA) and did not allow them to move beyond the High Court main gate. The protesters were demanding the return of the body of Afzal Guru, who was hanged on February 9, in Tihar jail Delhi, and later was buried in the jail premises. KHBA has condemned the police action against the lawyers by calling it “barbaric”.

The ‘joint advisory council’ of the separatist parties had called upon the lawyers of the valley to hold demonstrations today, to press for the demand of the return of Afzal’s body.

Acting upon the call, dozens of lawyers came out of the high court this afternoon and started marching towards Lalchowk.

Police had already deployed a huge contingent outside the court equipped with pepper guns, and water cannons. As soon as the lawyers opened the main gate of the high court they found themselves in between hundreds of the men in uniform. The water cannon started their sirens and the police personnel made a human wall preventing the protesters to reach on the main road.

The protesting lawyers shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. They also raised slogans against the union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

Succumbing to the heavy deployment of police, the lawyers gave up their resistance and staged a dharna on the high court gate.

KHBA former president, advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom while delivering a brief speech to the lawyers condemned the denial of the body of Afzal Guru, said: “No law on earth would permit India to keep the body of any person.” He also said the hanging of Afzal was a political decision.

A large contingent of police was also deployed in the Lalchowk area to foil protests of the lawyers from the lower court. However, the lawyers had opted for high court only.

Lawyers in south Kashmir’s Islamabad town also held a protest march but they too were not allowed to move beyond the main gate of the district court.

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