People held hostage on pretext of security: Geelani

Calls for shutdown in Handwara, Kupwara on Jan 25, 27

GK NEWS NETWORK

Srinagar, Jan 24: The chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani Thursday alleged that civilian population was being held hostage by the forces in Kashmir in the name of security arrangements for celebrating the upcoming R-Day. 
In a statement today, Geelani condemned, what he said, the frisking and harassment of people at every place in the Valley by the police and other forces in the run up to January 26. He alleged that the civilians were being brought down from buses and other vehicles and subjected frisking and checking. “They are harassed and subjected to humiliation by the forces,” he said.
Reiterating his call for shutdown on January 26, Geelani appealed to people to boycott all the R-Day related functions and not allow their children to participate in any such function.
Meanwhile, Geelani has appealed to the people of Handwara and Kupwara towns to observe complete shutdown on January 25, and January 27, respectively in memory of their martyrs. “The forces carried out massacre of civilians in Handwara town on January 25, 1990 and in Kupwara town on January 27, 1994,” he said, adding that “The people in district Kupwara have contributed a leading role during ongoing freedom movement and presented unparallel sacrifices.”
“In view of the wrong impression being given by some exploitative politicians that the people of Kupwara district have disassociated themselves from on the ongoing movement, it becomes all the more important for them (people) to foil the nefarious designs of the political merchants and make shutdown calls successful,” Geelani said, adding that “The people of this border district are worst sufferers at the hands of forces and its agencies have unleashed a reign of terror in all the areas of this district.” 

Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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