Offer Friday prayers at Aaripanthan today: Geelani to people
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has appealed to the people to offer Friday prayers at Aaripanthan in central Kashmir's Budgam district on August 19 and pay homage to four persons who were slain recently there by the armed forces.
"With slight amendment of the Friday's joint programe of the resistance leadership, we appeal people to jointly offer Friday prayers at Aripanthan, Budgam, and pay homage to four people martyred there on Tuesday. Our visit and joint prayers are to acknowledge the sacrifices of people for the right to self-determination," Geelani, in a statement today.
"The police official in Magam was leading from the front the night raids of this locality in search of youth who had participated in recent protests. They started barging and smashing everything coming their way and beating the inmates throughout the night. Next morning the local people were up in arms against this high headedness and atrocities of police and other forces. As the CRPF vehicles were passing by some youth started pelting stones and in response to this the forces started indiscriminate firing, killing four youth on spot and injuring several others," Geelani said, adding that "For the last one and a half month 72 killings and besieging the entire population has turned the valley into a big slaughter house, where people especially youth are martyred on daily basis. We can't sit idle and watch this carnage going on without any pause but will fight this brutality at every front."
Strongly condemning the cold blooded murder of 30-year old lecturer Shabir Ahmad Mungoo of Khrew, Geelani said, "The armed forces have started a new tactics of harassing people. They enter into mosques and announce about the protests, when people come out they smash their houses and beat them to pulp. In a similar incident like this forces ransacked the locality of Khrew, barging into houses, beating inmates and dragging this innocent youth from his house, frisking him away at 11 pm and handing over his dead body at 1 am. This is the worst kind of barbarism and brutality a human being can be subjected to. This new definition of Indian democracy should be a harsh slap on the face of those who still think Kashmir to be the integral part of India."
Commenting on the reports that the Amnesty International is closing down its offices and suspending its activities in India after threats from the Hindu extremists, Geelani said, "It is unfortunate that majority of the people of India are driven away by these fascist forces with sick mentality who can't even tolerate Human Rights Organizations. This is a big blot on the already mutilated face of so-called Indian democracy."