Srinagarites take to streets with belongings

Masjid loudspeakers air Azadi slogans

GK CITY CORRESPONDENT

Srinagar, June 28: Amid surging protests against continued killing of youth in the Valley allegedly by police and paramilitary troopers, the Masjid loudspeakers Monday resounded with pro-freedom slogans in City as mourners took to streets.
 While youth made announcements from Masjid loudspeakers in the summer capital, particularly Shahr-e-Khaas asking people to assemble in the shrines; many of the loudspeakers played pro-freedom songs like Jaago Jaago, a number typical of Kashmir situation in early ‘90s.
 The Masjid assemblage started from noon and continued till late when this report was being filed.
 The announcements spread like wildfire with almost every Masjid taking cue from the other.
 “The moment our Masjid loudspeaker played Jaago Jaago, it reminded me of early ‘90s when people expressed same vigor for achieving Azadi,” said a resident of Nowhatta in Shahr-e-Khaas.
 Meanwhile, there was an announcement from the loudspeaker that all people should either assemble at the Masjid or stand outside their residences to stage protests.
 After this, the youth again started voicing pro-freedom slogans.
 Explaining the Masjid assemblage, some youth said: “This gives us the feeling that we are united to live and die and that our conviction is honest before the Almighty.”
 Observers said the public sentiment conveys that situation was turning back to that of ‘90s.
 “It symbolizes that alienation remains as deep as it was in early ‘90s. Dormancy of the situation at times, however, makes the Indian state to presume that the dominant sentiment of Kashmir has died down…But eruptions belie all such claims,” said Dr Showkat Shafi of Law department at Kashmir University.
 Meanwhile, close to sunset, Shahr-e-Khaas people in areas like Zaina Kadal and Saraf Kadal took out their belongings, including beddings, to spend night on the streets!

Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Jun 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Jun 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 29 Jun 2010 00:00:00 IST




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