Srinagar, May 19 : Expressing his shock and regret over the death of a girl in Lashipora Khag due to an explosion and injury to 2 other children, Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq stated that the area lies close to the firing range of Indian army in Tosa Maidan, adding, there was all possibility that the little girl became the victim of an unexploded shell as has been happening in the past particularly in an around Tosa Maidan.
According to a statement , Mirwaiz stated that it has been a long sought after demand of hurriyat that all the areas bordering Tosa Maidan should not be only demilitarized and purged of explosive shells, but Army should be told to vacate that area. He further said that the people of the area have protested time and again over the losses of lives due to unexploded shells, but the government has remained unmoved over the issue.
Mirwaiz also condemned the killing of Abid Akbar Wani of Krankshivan Sopore by the unidentified gunmen. He demanded an impartial probe and stated that killers of innocent people can never be forgiven. He expressed his sympathies and condolences with the bereaved family
Meanwhile hurriyat spokesman has condemned the continuous arrest of senior hurriyat leader Zaffar Akbar Bhat and hundreds of youth under the cover of the so called polls. He said that authorities have started new spree of arrests during which senior hurriyat leader Syed Saleem Geelani has been put under house arrest and scores of activists and workers of hurriyat are being harassed to foil the May 21 Eidgah Chalo programme.
The spokesman stated that such draconian measures would never dent the spirit of hurriyat leaders and activists and they will continue with the hafta Shohda programme as announced earlier.Spokesman reiterated the Eidgah Chalo programme and the 21st May Strike and appealed the people to make it a success.
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