DFP stages protest against Shabbir Shah’s detention

Srinagar, January 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed for the second consecutive day, today, in Shopian and Kulgam districts against the killing of two youth by the Indian troops in Kulgam district.

The troops had martyred Zeenat-ul-Islam and Shakeel Ahmad Dar during a cordon and search operation at Katapora village in Kulgam district on Saturday. Reports from the twin districts said, all shops, business establishments and private offices were closed while public and private transport was off the roads. Despite heavy deployment of Indian forces in Shopian, people continued to visit the residences of the martyrs to express solidarity with the bereaved families. The authorities continued to suspend Internet services in South Kashmir.

Shutdown was also observed in Nagbal, Soura and adjoining areas of Gandarbal and Srinagar as a youth, injured in Indian forces’ firing on the funeral of martyred Zeenatul Islam in Shopian was put on ventilator at Soura hospital in Srinagar. Scores of youth also staged a protest at Nagbal Chowk and blocked the road for hours. The youth, Mohammed Rafiq Parray, was hit in the head.

Meanwhile, the activists of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, today, held a protest at press enclave in Srinagar against the continued detention of party chief, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and his shifting to the infamous Kustori ward of Tihar jail. This ward is particularly devised for inflicting excessive mental and physical torture on the prisoners. The protesters were holding placards and they raised slogans demanding the release of Shabbir Ahmad Shah and all other political prisoners.

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