Restrictions in IOK to prevent demos against ban on JI

Srinagar, March 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar and parts of south Kashmir including Islamabad town to prevent people from staging demonstrations after Juma prayers, today, against the ban on socio-political organization Jamaat-e-Islami of the territory by the Indian government.

Call for the demonstrations has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The JRL in a statement in Srinagar condemning the ban on the Jamaat-e-Islami said that New Delhi’s repressive measures against the Kashmiris had become the order of the day. “The dictatorial and repressive measures against Kashmiris have become the order of the day in New Delhi’s doctrine of force against Kashmiris and punishing them for demanding resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the democratic principle of ascertaining their will,” the statement said.

The occupation authorities have deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength in Srinagar, Islamabad and Bijbehara to prevent the demonstrations. Rolls of concertina wires have also been installed in Islamabad town to restrict the movement of the pedestrians and commuters.

The authorities have placed the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest while other Hurriyat leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mukhtar Waza are already under illegal detention.

Indian police and troops have arrested over 400 leaders and activists of the Jamaat in the last few days in a massive crackdown across the occupied territory. The police arrested six more activists of the organization during fresh raids in various villages of Tral in Pulwama district, last night.

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