Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, today appealed to the people observe January 26, as 'black day' and boycott all the functions.
"India has no right to celebrate its Republican Day as they have taken the control of state with its military might. We appeal to the people to observe 26th January as a black day and boycott all celebrations," the resistance leaders, in a statement today, said.
"We have no animosity with India or its people and they have every right to celebrate republican day within its states but despite their being rhetoric about democracy they have no ethical or constitutional right to celebrate this in Jammu and Kashmir as our democratic rights have been smashed and trampled," they said.
"We oppose all these celebrations in J&K. The main reason is their deceit and mockery with democracy. The school going children, their parents and teachers should stay away from all these celebrations. They should realize their obligations towards nation," the leaders said, adding that "It is matter of concern that a few institutions are making preparations January 26. They should refrain from this as it will have serious implications on our freedom movement."
Meanwhile, the JRL has reiterated appeal for complete shutdown on 25th and 27th January in Handwara and Kupwara towns respectively to pay homage and tributes to the victims of Handwara and Kupwara massacres.
The leaders appealed for a thorough and impartial probe of all these unfortunate incidents of mass killings by world human rights bodies.