Restrictions continue in Srinagar to prevent demos

Srinagar, October 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed, today, to register protest against the unabated incidents of braid-chopping masterminded by Indian secret agencies to create a sense of insecurity and fear-psychosis among the masses particularly womenfolk.

Call for the shutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The leaders had also appealed to the people to observe civil curfew, today. All shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed while traffic was off the road. The Kashmir University, Srinagar, had postponed all the exams scheduled for today.

The puppet authorities continued to impose restrictions in different parts of Srinagar for the second consecutive day, today, to prevent people from staging demonstrations against growing incidents of braid cutting. The restrictions were imposed in Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safa Kadal, Maisuma, Kralkhud and other areas. The authorities also suspended train service in the territory.

Meanwhile, braid of one more woman was chopped off in Nowpora area of Bandipora district, today. Over 300 incidents of braid chopping have been reported in the occupied territory in the last two months. The residents say that the agents of Indian secret agencies make the women unconscious by spraying some chemical and then chop their braids. They say that these disgraceful actions are aimed at terrorizing and harassing the people particularly the women.

People took to the streets at Monghama in Pulwama district, today, after Indian troops launched a cordon and search operation in the area. The troops fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters. The residents of Hajin area of Bandipora district told media that the troops beat them up and ransacked their houses after demonstrations against braid chopping, yesterday. A 16-year-old youth, identified as Arsalan, was injured after Indian forces opened fire on protesters in Nowgam area of Srinagar.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference in a statement in Srinagar strongly denounced the house arrest and illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Muhammad Yasin Attai, Syed Imtiyaz Haider and Bashir Badgami.

In Copenhagen, speakers at a Kashmir conference held in the Danish Parliament said that if the Kashmir dispute was not resolved peacefully it could trigger nuclear war between Pakistan and India and the whole world would be affected. The conference was organized by Tehreek-e-Kashmir Denmark and the speakers included the President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan, Abdur Rasheed Turabi, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Muhammad Ghalib, Raja Faheem Kyani, and members of Danish Parliament, Zenia Stampe and Charlotte Burgess.

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