Life Disrupted in Kashmir Valley Due to Strike by Hurriyat
Life was disrupted across Kashmir Valley today
following a two-day strike called by the hardline faction of Hurriyat
Conference to protest killing of youths in alleged CRPF firing.
Government offices, educational institutions, banks, semi-government
offices and other establishments were closed and traffic was off the
road, officials said.
Shops and business markets are also closed in the city and elsewhere in
the Valley, they said.
The moderate Hurriyat headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq had also asked
people to come out on the streets to protest peacefully against the
killing of youths.
A statement issued by hardline faction of Hurriyat General Secretary
Masrat Alam Bhat has asked people to observe two days strike on June 29
and June 30 to protest against the youth killings.
The women's separatist outfit Dukhtarain-e-Millat and Kashmir Bar
Association have extended their support to the strike called by hardline
Hurriyat and appealed masses to make the protest successful.
While, most of the leaders and activists of hardline faction of
Hurriyat, including its chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, have been
arrested and slapped Public Safety Act, the moderate faction of Hurriyat
leaders have been placed under house arrest since yesterday.
In addition, several top separatist leaders, including JKLF chairman
Mohammad Yaseen Malik, National Front Chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan and
Muslim Khawateen Markaz chief Yasmeen Raja were arrested yesterday.
Meanwhile, a human rights body today criticised Home Secretary G K
Pillai's statement on the civilian deaths in Jammu and Kashmir.
"By condoning and rationalising the deplorable actions of the CRPF and
police, Pillai characterised civilians fired upon by security personnel
as people who were culpable as they violated curfew. It is an evidence
of the patronage that the security forces enjoy here," International
People's Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian Administered
Kashmir (IPTK) convener Angana Chatterji told reporters here.
Pillai had yesterday said that people who break curfew and attack police
posts cannot be termed as "innocent civilians".
"In a place where curfew is imposed, people break curfew, go ahead and
attack police posts, CRPF posts. I don't think you can call them by any
stretch of imagination innocent civilians," the Home Secretary had said
to a news channel.
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