It’s Not ‘Rash Driving’ But Murder, Says JRL

SRINAGAR —  The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik strongly condemned the killing of another youth Kaiser Bhat of Fateh Kadal who was mowed down by a CRPF vehicle at Nowhatta on Friday, terming it as murder and not rash driving as the case has been registered by the police.

JRL in a statement here said that the killing spree of Kashmiris by forces continues despite the “so-called” Ramadan ceasefire, either by bullets, pellets or lately by crushing them under their vehicles.

 “What is worse is that after mowing down Kaiser under forces’ vehicle, a case for ‘rash driving’ has been registered by the police in this regard as if the incident happened by accident when it is a case of plain murder. The accused would anyway go scot free under AFSPA,” JRL said.

The leadership said that assaulting mourners during the funeral and burial of Kaiser with tear gas shells and pellets causing grave injuries to scores of them again reflects the authorities’ “anti people” and “inhuman approach”.

JRL said that repeatedly putting downtown under curfew and severe restrictions, snapping internet, barricading roads and alleys, stationing of forces at every nook and corner even in the holy month of Ramadan causing grave inconvenience and harassment to people is “

“uncalled for” and “highly condemnable”.

 “All these repressive measures are big stumbling blocks for peace in Kashmir and any kind of engagement,” it said.

The leadership also regretted that the rally at Aali Masjid to pay homage to Muhajir-e-Millat Mirwaiz Yousuf Shah was also not allowed by authorities as restrictions were put in place and leadership was detained.

Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik thanked people for protesting against the killings of Kashmiris, intimidation and desecration of Jamia Masjid and canalisation of houses and graveyards at the hands of forces by observing a complete hartal against these “oppressive” measures.  




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