Srinagar, February 25 : The authorities arrested the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, (G) Secretary General, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, and other Hurriyat leaders, today, to prevent them from attending the funeral prayers in absentia for the three guerillas who were died recently during a clash with troops in Pampore town.
Indian police raided the residence of Shabbir Ahmed Shah, this morning, took him into custody and shifted him to some unknown destination. The police arrested the APHC leaders including Bilal Siddiqui, Muhammad Ramzan Khan, Molvi Bashir Ahmed, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, and dozens of activists when they tried to proceed to Pampore. Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah were put under house arrest in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, despite curfew and other restrictions in Pampore, people in large numbers including Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League leader, Abdul Ahad Parra participated in the funeral. They raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
Hurriyat (M) leadersled by Professor Abdul Ghani Butt took out a peaceful rally from Rajbagh in Srinagar against the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and harassment of Kashmiri students in New Delhi. However, Indian police and troops deployed in the area stopped the participants from proceeding further. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were confined to his house to prevent him from attending the programme.
Saroor incident widely condemned
Gujjar Bakerwal community has demanded a judicial probe into the loot, arson and killing of a civilian by Indian police in Saroor area of Samba district recently.
Scores of Gujjar and Bakerwal students staged a protest at Press Enclave in Srinagar against the eviction drive launched by the authorities against the Gujjar community in Samba district.
The protesters said that the police were acting on the behest of Bharatiya Janata Party to evict Muslims from Jammu region.
Pertinently, clashes had erupted between the police and locals after Gujjar families resisted demolition of their huts on Monday. The police opened fire on the protesters in which one civilian identified as Muhammad Yaqoob was killed. The locals said that several huts of Gujjars were burnt down by the police.
The protesters said that the incumbent administration had no control over the BJP and RSS goons who used police and authorities to suppress Muslims in different district of Jammu Division.
The demonstrators expressed concern over the government policy of suppression and said that if Gujjars were targeted again, they would launch agitation across the territory.
All Pro-freedom leaders and organizations have condemned the killing of a civilian and demolition of residential hutments by Indian police in Sarore area of Samba district.
Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement said that the demolitions were done on the behest of BJP and Shiv Sena. He said that the Muslim community was being targeted deliberately in Jammu region. He said that the people of the Kashmir Valley would never leave their Jammu brethren on the mercy of communal forces. “We won’t allow the repetition of the bloody history of 1947,” he said.
The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a statement said that demolishing of houses of Muslims without providing alternative accommodation to them reflected the pathetic policy towards the community. “These incidents are a shameful act of ethnic cleansing being done at the behest of communal forces like RSS,” he said, adding that the police and administration had become tools of oppression against Jammu Muslims.
The APHC (G) General Secretary, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, in his statement said that such actions against Muslims depicted the fascist mindset of the authorities. He said that the Muslims of Jammu continued to be the target of communal elements.
Hurriyat (M) in statement condemned the demolition of residential abodes belonging to the Gujjar community by the district administration in Saroor, Samba and the killing of a person Muhammad Yaqoob.