Many Spot Red Ribbons As Mark Of Protest


Activists spray red paint on main roads

SRINAGAR:   United Consultative Committee (UCC) of various separatist groups call for tying red ribbons on Saturday as mark of protest evoked a mixed response in the city and other major towns of the Kashmir Valley. 

During the day many people were seen wearing red arm bands, also red flags were hoisted on many shop fronts and public and private sector buildings in the city. 

Pertinently UCC had appealed people to tie red ribbons on their vehicles and shops on Saturday as part of its protest programme to press for the return of the mortal remains of JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat and recently executed Afzal Guru in Delhi’s Tihar Jail.

At many places in the old city youth were seen distributing red ribbons among drivers and motorcyclists. 

Same scenes were also witnessed in the Civil Lines areas.

Meanwhile, police sources said that Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front workers appeared in Press Enclave in Srinagar and sprayed red paint on the main road as a mark of protest against the hanging of Afzal Guru. 

“Dozens of workers led by JKLF leader, Noor Mohammad Kalwal came down from their vehicles and sprayed red paint on the road,” a police official said. 

During their act, pedestrians gathered around them and for a while the traffic came to halt near Pratap Park. “It is not the red paint but the blood of Kashmiri people which India is sucking. We demand that the body of Afazl Guru should be given back to us,” Kalwal said.

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