JRL Issues Protest Program, Calls For Shutdown Today 

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SRINAGAR — The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising both factions of Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF led by incarcerated leader Yasin Malik issued a protest program including a strike on Wednesday against the “gruesome” custodial killing of young teacher Rizwan Asad.

The JRL “strongly condemned the custodial killing of school teacher Rizwan Asad Pandith of Awantipora who was picked up by the SOG and NIA a few days ago and has been brutally killed in custody at SOG camp Cargo today.”

Paying glorious tributes to Rizwan and expressing deep grief and sorrow over his killing, JRL expressed sympathy with his bereaved family.

Terming the killing as gruesome, JRL said: “This custodial killing is not only one of its kind but prior to this, hundreds and thousands of young and old Kashmiris have been killed in this manner. This killing has actually increased the vulnerability of Kashmiri inmates languishing in different jails of India and jails of Jammu Kashmir, and jeopardized their lives.”

Announcing a protest program, JRL said that people will observe a “complete and comprehensive” protest strike on Wednesday against the killing, “policies of intimidation and harassment by police, SOG and other Indian investigative agencies, arbitrary arrests, slapping of draconian PSA, summoning political activists to SOG camps and thus creating atmosphere of fear in Jammu Kashmir.”

JRL appealed all segments of society including traders, lawyers, bar association, civil society, and others from different walks of life to peacefully protest against the custodial killing and assaults on Kashmiris, on Thursday, March 21.

 “On Friday, March 22, after Friday (Juma) prayers, people at all Masajid, Khanqahs and Imam Baras will raise their voices peacefully against this custodial killing by NIA and SOG and continuing policy of oppression unleashed by India,” JRL said.

 “Those who raise their voice against the killing of our youth their arrests and slapping with PSA are branded as ‘anti-national’ and threatened with dire consequences and intimidation. While crackdown and arrest spree against political and religious activists and youth continues unabated, on the other hand SOG has been calling political activists and youth to SOG cargo camp to intimidate them and create an atmosphere of fear among people in general. Through their investigative agencies, NIA and ED, the authorities have let loose a reign of terror to instill fear among people and harass them,” the leadership said.

 


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