Shutdown in occupied Kashmir today against killings » Kashmir Media Service

Gilani, Mirwaiz, Malik, Sehrai, other leaders put under detention

Srinagar, June 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed, today, against the continued killing spree by the Indian troops in the territory.

Call for the shutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. It was also aimed at registering protest against the cold-blooded murder of veteran Kashmiri journalist, Shujaat Bukhari. All shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed while traffic was off the road.

Indian police arrested Muhammad Yasin Malik after raiding his residence in Maisuma area of Srinagar early morning today and lodged him at Kothibagh Police Station. The authorities put other Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Hilal Ahmed War, Bilal Siddiqi, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt and Javaid Ahmed Mir under house arrest or in custody to prevent them from leading demonstrations against the killings. The puppet authorities also suspended train services across the Kashmir Valley.

Meanwhile, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar strongly condemned the house arrest and detention of Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Hilal Ahmed War.

It said that India could not suppress the ongoing liberation movement through such undemocratic and unethical tactics. He said that India should read writing on the wall as it could not weaken the freedom sentiment of the Kashmiris through military might and they were determined to take their struggle would to its logical conclusion at all costs.

The Hurriyat forum also condemned the arrest of father and son at Wagam in Pulwama and the arrest of several youth during night raids in the Valley besides sending nine people including a Hurriyat leader behind the bars in Kishtwar.

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