Mirwaiz, Malik detained
Srinagar: Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was taken into preventive custody after he tried take out a march here on Monday against the killing of seven civilians during an encounter in Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said.
The action was taken as Farooq tried to defy house arrest and take out the march to the Army’s Chinar Corps headquarters in the Badami Bagh area here, they said.
The separatists, under the banner of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Farooq, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mohammad Yasin Malik, had called for the march against the killings.
Seven civilians died and several others were injured allegedly when security forces opened fire at a mob that thronged the site of an encounter in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district in which three terrorists and a soldier were killed on Saturday.
Mirwaiz stepped out of his Nigeen residence to lead his supporters towards the Chinar Corps headquarters, a police official said.
The separatist leader was, however, taken into preventive custody by police personnel posted outside his residence, the official said.
Mirwaiz was shifted to the Nigeen police station.
Before being taken to the police station, Mirwaiz said the security forces have “become a killing machine”.
“The killing of 10 Kashmiri’s including an 8th standard student, young fathers, sons and brothers, is deeply saddening. After indiscriminate killings, civilians are branded as over ground workers and terrorists which is preposterous in itself, but what is worse is that this propaganda is used as a means of endorsing and justifying the civilians killings by armed forces,” he said.
Mirwaiz alleged that the government had overplayed the “terrorist/Pak proxy/instigators card and no one was buying this narrative except some people in India at whom it is aimed for electoral gains”.
Extending his condolences to the bereaved families, the Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman said people are not even allowed to express sorrow and mourn these brutalities as the “tormentors give no space to grieve collectively and express the overwhelming emotions at these killings”.
“We can only express our sorrow and outrage by stopping our daily business, as each day we lose valuable lives.
“Shutdown is the only collective response left with us to express our condolences our sorrow our solidarity and our outrage to such atrocities. Every other space for expression of our emotions is barred by force,” he said.
The JRL had also called a three-day strike following the Saturday incident.
Meanwhile, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik was also detained along with scores of his activists and leaders after he tried to carry out a protest march towards Badami Bagh.
Notably, Malik had gone into hiding to lead today’s JRL march towards Badami-Bagh army cantonment to ask GOI to ‘kill all Kashmiris at one time rather than killing them on daily basis’.
After evading arrest for three days, Malik managed to reach Lal Chowk in wee hours of morning today.
“At 11:00 am, he along with men, women, young and old of the area in large number marched towards Badami Bagh Army cantonment,” a spokesman of the JKLF said, adding that police and CRPF had been deployed in and around the whole area and all entry and exit points had been sealed but participants of the rally led by Malik managed to reach to Budshah Chowk and staged a sit- in there.
“Police and forces used tear smoke and pepper shells besides cane-charging against men, women and youth present in the peaceful protest and took injured Malik along with others in custody. After arrest, detained leaders and activists have been shifted to police station Kothi-bagh,” spokesman said.
Malik prior to his detention said that “today JRL along with people has decided to march towards Badami Bagh cantonment, which is Army’s headquarter in Kashmir, to tell them to kill us all in one go and satisfy their lust of Kashmiri blood which they have become addicted of.”
“Carnage at Pulwama was not first of its kind as Army and other forces have in past carried out many such massacres in Jammu Kashmir,” he said.
“Army and forces have become addicted to innocent blood in Kashmir and tuned into blood sucking vampires,” he said.
“We want to ask the international community that why this apathy towards human in Kashmir. Isn’t your conscience asking you any questions about this criminal silence?,” he questioned.
“International community needs to change its double standards and try to hold the hands of killers and assassins back and save humans in Kashmir,” he said.