Srinagar: At a time when common people are suffering in wake of the present Kashmir crisis, ‘miscreants’ across the length and breadth of Valley are adding to their woes, harassing and maiming them, attacking their motorbikes and four wheelers.
“Though we are following the Hurriyat program in letter and spirit yet we are not allowed to open up our shops after six. We fail to understand who these people are and on whose behest they are harassing us,” said a shopkeeper from Dalgate area of Srinagar city.
Eyewitnesses said that a group of youth on Saturday morning emerged in Padshahibagh and Mehjoor Nagar area ransacking the goods of shopkeepers. “These youth spoiled the milk and vegetables and also forced a baker to close his shop. In Padshahibagh, a group of youth blocked the road and didn’t allow sick to pass through the road. Such acts are horrible and if these youth are not stopped it will have serious consequences,” said a group of people.
“I was on way to hospital carrying my sick child. I was shocked when a group of youth didn’t allow me to proceed asking me to turn back. I faced this situation at a number of places. It is not only CRPF that are harassing commuters but some miscreants also smash windowpanes of vehicles and harass the bikers on the road,” Muhammad Shafi, a resident of Noorpora Tral said.
“When Geelani Shab appealed people not to attack hospital ambulances, he was criticized by 'facebook gorillas’ who claimed that nowhere youth are attacking and harassing people. These facebook users might have now understood the essence of Geelani Sahabs statement. It is the responsibility of the Resistance Leadership to rise on the occasion and expose such miscreants who harass and attack troubled people of Valley,” said a government teacher.
The attack on the bikers and vehicles by unknown youth has also drawn the attention of netizens who are asking Hurriyat leadership to identify and act against the miscreants.
“I fail to understand why youth are pelting stones at civilian vehicles, ambulances, shops, not only during the day, but even after 6 PM (relaxation hours). If this is how you want to achieve Aazadi, I don't need it then. Please spare us!!!” reads a facebook status of a senior Journalist from Kashmir Valley.
This reporter talked to few youth who were enforcing shutdown during the wee hours near Parimpora area of Srinagar city. They not only prohibited me to cross the blockade but also made it clear that they will attack all the vehicles plying on the road.
“The situation is grim in our area too. I am a resident of Shilwat village in Sumbal where some youth are not allowing vegetable vendors, bakers and medical shops to open up their shops,” said Nazir Ahmed. He added that people are supporting the ongoing freedom struggle and yet miscreants roam free harrasing common people.
The news reports about common people facing harassment at the hands of unknown youth on different roads of Kashmir Valley recently prompted Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani to issue statements urging upon youth not to harass and trouble the people on roads. Even Muhammad Yasin Malik led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front issued a statement requesting people not to harass people particularly journalists.
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