Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, massive protests and silent sit-ins erupted against the unabated human rights violations by Indian armed forces with protestors seeking UN intervention for stopping the rights abuses in the region.
The protests were staged in various parts of summer Srinagar to mark the world human rights day. The call for the march to UN office at Sonwar was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. While Syed Ali Gilani continued to remain under house arrest at his Hydepora residence, Mirwaiz was confined to his Nigeen residence in Srinagar.
APHC and JKLF took out a joint protest rally in a bid to reach UN office at Sonwar. Witnesses said that hundreds of activists of started a rally from Kokerbazar area, in Srinagar. The protestors were, however, stopped at Lal Chowk by the police. The protestors were raising pro-freedom slogan.
There was already a huge deployment of police in Lal Chowk and Kokerbazar to foil the march. Police detained many APHC and JKLF leaders and activists including Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Umer Adil, Muhammad Irfan, Ali Muhammad Butt, Ali Muhammad Mir, Nazir Ahmad Hajam and Muhammad Altaf Raina.
The leaders while talking to media persons before they were detained said that todayâ€™s march to the UN office was being organized to highlight and protest the gross human rights abuses being committed in Kashmir. â€œKashmiris are being subjected to worst form of atrocities and human rights violations for the past 70 years. Even during large scale wars, blinding people has never been witnessed. Today, we have hundreds of blind youth whose vision was snatched by the lethal pellets,â€ they said.
The activists of the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyet also staged a protest at Nowhatta outside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar. Hurriyat leaders and workers including Shahidul Islam, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Muhammad Shafi Khan, Advocate Yasir Rouf Dalaal, Farooq Ahmad Saudagar, Sahil Ahmad War, Abdul Rashid Tanki, Advocate Moulvi Muhammad Ashraf, Javed Ahmad Zargar and Abdul Majeed Wani led the peaceful protest march from Jamia Masjid.
â€œAs the protestors reached Khawaja Bazaar near Naqshband Sahabâ€™s (RA) shrine, police and forces pounced upon them and used force on the protestors to stop them from heading toward the UN office at Sonawar. Another peaceful protest march led by Hurriyet leader, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War was taken out from Maisuma area of Srinagar, which was also scuttled by the forces.