Protesters block raod in Rajouri Kadal.
Protesters block road in Rajouri Kadal.

While defying the separatist call for a normal day, the youth from volatile area of downtown Srinagar Monday enforced a civil shutdown in the whole area to protest the killing of slain HMT youth.

Gowher, an engineering student was shot dead by CRPF forces as per his parents when he went outside home to buy milk.

“Today it was Gowher, tomorrow it can be someone else,” the protesters said. “And in same setup, one day strike will be given to protest the killing, and then everything will assume a normal course.” Among the protesting areas, include Nowhatta, Gojwara, Hawal, Rajouri Kadal and other adjoining areas. The protesters were mulling to take out a procession to the slain youth’s home in HMT to express solidarity with the bereaved family.

Meanwhile taking a dig at separatists, the youth spearheading Monday’s protest in downtown told Kashmir Life, “When the so-called leaders fail the deliver, everyone becomes a leader in itself and goes of its own.”

“We don’t know what Hurriyat is achieving by always repeating such futile exercises (strikes),” the protesters asked. “Is value of the young blood worth a one day strike only? Only a common man can understand that these strikes don’t affect India, but only our own poor people.”

The leaders should open up their mind and should go beyond this “failed strategy”, they said. “If these leaders can’t deliver something positive at the earliest, they should be ready of their extinction from the history of this struggle, which is being nourished by the truthful and young blood of the Kashmir.”

“Today we have stood up and tomorrow anyone else can.”


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