IOK authorities seal Badgam to thwart freedom march

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Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities sealed Badgam, today, by deploying Indian troops and police personnel in strength to prevent people from converging in the town and paying tributes to the civilians recently martyred by Indian forces.

Eight civilians were killed in Badgam and Ganderbal districts in the indiscriminate firing of Indian police and troops on demonstrations against the polling for the so-called Indian Parliamentary elections on 9th April. The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had called for a march towards Badgam, today, to pay tributes to the martyrs.

The occupation authorities continued to put Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi and Nayeem Ahmed Khan under house arrest or in custody to stop them from leading the march.

Despite heavy deployment of occupational forces in Badgam, people staged massive anti-India demonstrations. The demonstrators were led by Hurriyet leaders, Nisar Hussain Rather and Mudassir Nadvi. They raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Indian police used brute force to break up the demonstrations. A delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement visited Chadoora area of Badgam and expressed solidarity with the families of the martyred civilians. Indian troops and police subjected protesters to brute force in Srinagar and Sopore areas triggering severe clashes between the demonstrators and the forces’ personnel.

The puppet authorities arrested Hurriyet leader, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, in Islamabad district and placed Engineer Hilal Ahmed War under house detention in Srinagar.

On the other hand, Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Aasiya Andrabi, Javaid Ahmed Mir, the forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League in their statements in Srinagar termed the exemplary boycott of the re-polling in Central Kashmir as people’s referendum against the Indian occupation. They also condemned the recent threatening remarks by the Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh in which he warned Kashmiri youth of dire consequences. Rajnath Singh had also stated that one would see a transformed Kashmir in a year no matter how the change would take place. The Hurriyet leaders said that the poll boycott had unnerved and frustrated the Indian rulers.

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