Srinagar, April 11(KMW): JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik and PPP ChairmanÂ Er. Hilal War were today arrested and shifted to Srinagar Central jailÂ while Hurriyat (G) Chairman SAS Geelani and Hurriyat (M) Chairman
Mirwaiz Umar Faroow were put under house arrest.
Joint Resistance Leader had decided to hold a protest today againstÂ Kathua rape and murder case when the news of todayâ€™s civilianÂ killings at Khudwani, burning down of many residential houses andÂ shops and showering pellets and bullets on innocents injuring hundredsÂ came forth, came. The press conference was addressed by JRL leaders.
As Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq were placedÂ under house arrest, they addressed press on telephone while asÂ Muhammad Yasin Malik was present at the conference.
After the press conference JRL leaders, activists, many lawyers andÂ people from all walks of life led by Muhammad Yasin Malik marchedÂ towards Lal Chowk. Displaying placards depicting photographs of Asifa
and demanding justice for her and raising slogans against killingsÂ across the valley, peaceful protesters marched towards Lal Chowk butÂ soon police and paramilitary forces swung into action and tried toÂ halt their march near Biscoe School Gate.
Protesters provided a stiff resistance and managed to reach PartapÂ Park where police and forces dispersed them and arrested MuhammadÂ Yasin Malik , Er. Hilal Ahmad War, Mushtaq Ajmal, Zahoor Ahmad Butt,
Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Muhammad Ashraf Chirag, Fayaz Ahmad Lone, Basharat Ahmad Butt, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah , Ashiq Hussain Wani andÂ others.
They were immediately shifted to police station Kothibagh from whereÂ Muhammad Yasin Malik, Er. Hilal Ahmad War, Mushtaq Ajmal and ZahoorÂ Ahmad Butt were shifted to Srinagar Central Jail on judicial remand.
Prior to protest rally and arrests, Geelnai, Mirwaiz and Malik, whileÂ addressing media, said that â€œthe wounds of Shopian are still bleedingÂ and fresh when new wounds have been inflicted upon us by Indian
occupational forces at Khudwani Kulgamâ€.
JRL has called for complete shutdown on Thursday and Friday and issuedÂ a protest programme: â€œKashmiris will observe a complete shutdown onÂ Thursday 12th April against killings of many innocents at Khudwani
Kulgam. Kashmiris will also sit on peaceful protest in theirÂ localities and Mohallas after zuhr prayers and also observe a completeÂ black out from evening against these killings.â€Â A JRL press release read: â€œPushing Kashmiris to the wall by chokingÂ every little space on peaceful activities in Kashmir, trampling humanÂ rights of Kashmiris under boots, spree of brutal killings, spreadingÂ an environment of harassment and bullying and turning Kashmir fromÂ south to north and center into a killing field is part of thisÂ military strategy.â€Â Leaders said that â€œthis persistent killing spree by Indian triggerÂ happy forces is actually a well devised policy of Indian rulers whoÂ have let loose their forces, given them a free hand to kill KashmirisÂ at will to suppress Kashmiri voices and also to camouflage their ownÂ failures in India and thus hoodwink Indian public opinion in the nameÂ of Kashmir.â€ Leaders appealed Kashmiris to remain ready for coming onÂ to streets and roads if necessary to counter these nefarious IndianÂ designs.
â€œThe situation is alarming as Indian rulers and their Kashmiri stoogesÂ are continuing with their pro-active policy of killing innocent youngÂ Kashmiris with impunity, not stopping the ongoing genocide ofÂ Kashmiris, enduring with a policy of choking space on peacefulÂ activities and also from military and forces chiefs to RSS, BJPÂ leadership are issuing statements about their desire to wipe outÂ Kashmiris. JRL is deliberating upon and devising a strategy to counterÂ this ongoing and unrelenting state terrorism, and it is our collective
duty to remain united and steadfast and resist these oppressive IndianÂ designs, asserted the leaders.â€ Condemning the bias of Indian mediaÂ and news channels, JRL said that â€œIndian trigger happy soldiers are
engaged in killing Kashmiris at will and shameless Indian media actingÂ as foot soldiers of these troops is glamorizing these human killingsÂ with utmost brazenness.â€
Condemning the ongoing protest in favor of rapists and killers ofÂ Asifa of Kuthua, JRL said that â€œa kid was kidnapped, starved, raped inÂ a temple and then killed by savages and disgracefully some people inÂ Jammu are trying to give this heinous crime a religious color and saveÂ murderers and rapists which is utmost shameful. JRL said thatÂ â€œironically rulers to prolong their rule are also abetting thisÂ shameful bunch of people and are communalizing situation in JammuÂ region and trying to inflict harm to Muslims in Jammu.â€