Several Hurriyat leaders, activists detained in IOK

Srinagar, December 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in Srinagar and Islamabad town, today, to prevent a march called by the Joint Resistance Leadership.

The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had announced to hold a public gathering at Lal Chowk in Islamabad town and asked the people to massively participate in it. The march was aimed at condemning the stepped up Indian state terrorism in the occupied territory and expressing solidarity with the people of south Kashmir who are facing the worst kind of Indian brutalities.

The puppet authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in Srinagar and Islamabad town and deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength across the territory to prevent people from conducting the march. All entry and exit points of the Islamabad town were sealed. Indian police arrested Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from outside his residence in Srinagar after he defied restrictions and tried to march towards Islamabad town. The police also took several Hurriyat leaders including Hilal Ahmed War into custody when they were on their way to the town. The puppet authorities had placed other leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Bilal Siddiqi, Zafar Akbar Butt, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Muhammad Yasin Attai, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Umar Aadil Dar and Syed Imtiaz Haider under house arrest or in custody to stop them from participating in the public programme.

Despite restrictions, people staged forceful demonstrations in Srinagar, Islamabad and other areas. They raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The Indian troops fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters at various places.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Magam area of Badgam, today, to mark the martyrdom anniversary of a youth who was killed by the Indian troops a decade ago during peaceful protests. The youth, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, was killed on this day in 2007 after the troops opened fire to disperse the protesters demanding a college for the area.

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