Srinagar, March 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities imposed restrictions in downtown Srinagar, today, and prevented people from offering Juma prayers at historic Jamia Masjid.

The occupation authorities have placed under house detention the Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who delivers weekly Friday sermon at the grand mosque.

The authorities also deployed Indian troops and police personnel in large numbers in different areas of Srinagar to prevent protests called by the Joint Resistance Leadership against the custodial killing of a school principal, Rizwan Asad and other Indian atrocities on the people of the occupied territory.

Rizwan was killed in police custody on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the fresh arrest spree in the territory, saying innocent people especially youth are being arrested under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) and sent to far-flung jails of Jammu.

It also denounced the authorities for placing Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest in Srinagar and preventing people from offering Juma prayers at historic Jamia Masjid.

The Hurriyat forum expressed concern over the loss of precious lives including a 12-year-old boy during the operations by Indian forces in Bandipora, Baramulla and Shopian, adding that even children are also not spared.

It also denounced the killing of a young teacher, Rizwan Asad, saying that he was brutally tortured in custody. It said such killings would not be tolerable in the territory.

The forum urged the human rights organizations to raise voice against the murder of Rizwan Asad and take steps for providing justice to him.


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