Geelani calls for shutdown today


Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani, has called for complete shutdown on May 15, Thursday, against the detention of youth across Kashmir.

In a statement, Hurriyat (G) spokesperson said Geelani presided over Majlis-i-Shoora (Executive Body meeting) and thoroughly deliberated upon the recent parliamentary election ‘drama’ and the situation arising out of it, prevailing situation and future strategies.

“In the meeting, the Hurriyat leaders expressed their strong reaction over the conversion of entire valley into a military garrison and said that frequent search operations, tortures, harassment, extortion and unending arrest spree by the Indian forces and police have made the life of common people hell,” the statement said.

The statement said the Hurriyat leaders also discussed and condemned the incidents “where forces went rampage and broke the window panes of houses, damaged hundreds of vehicles and looted many shops and residential houses.”

“Thousands of youth and students were put behind bars for maintaining so-called peace and now when elections are over the police has intensified their excesses to silence the just and peaceful voice of Kashmir. A large number of youths and students are still in different police stations and jails of the State and many youth have been slapped with PSA-like black laws and shifted to jails outside valley,” it said.

Elaborating, the spokesman said, “While the youth are tortured, humiliated, abused and insulted in police stations by so-called disciplined and civilized officers of Jammu and Kashmir Police, and many heads of police stations are earning a good amount for the release of innocent youth and students.”

“Hurriyat Conference has appealed the people to observe complete shutdown on May 15 against the arrests, tortures, search operations, raids and excesses of the police. We appeal representatives of transport, traders federations and schools to observe a complete shutdown on May 15,” the statement said.


Restrictions to continue in Srinagar today

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone told KNS that restrictions will be imposed in parts of the city that fall under jurisdictions of six police stations, including Rainawari, Nowhatta, MR Gunj, Khanyar, Safakadal and Maisuma.

Restrictions will continue to be imposed in parts of Srinagar district on the second day tomorrow in view of a strike called against the killing of a youth in clashes in Drugmulla area of Kupwara district.


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