Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Government Tuesday sealed restive Tral town to prevent march called by Resistance leadership in memory of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmed Bhat who along with his associate Faizan Muzaffar was killed in a gun fight with Indian Forces on Saturday, May 27 at Saimuh village of the town.
As expected, authorities imposed curfew like restrictions by sealing all the entry points leading towards Tral. The town is virtually cut off from rest of the Kashmir Valley as not only the strict restrictions are in place but also the cellular services are banned.
Eyewitnesses told CNS that the town has virtually turned into a fortified garrison. “Everywhere you can see gun totting men in uniform and armoured vehicles. The movement of the people has been completely restricted,” said witnesses.
“I was stopped at many places and not allowed to proceed towards Rathsuna village even after displaying my identity card,” said a scribe adding that concertina wires have been laid everywhere while armoured vehicles parked everywhere.
Some locals claimed that choppers were pressed into service to monitor the situation. A police official while refuting this claim said that there was no need to monitor the situation from air, as enough security personnel were present on land.
Pertinently, the The joint resistance leadership including Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had called for a march to Tral to pay tributes and offer fateha to Sabzar and his associate Faizan Muzaffar.
Geelani and Mirwaiz have been under continuous house detention while Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested a day after he visited Tral to ensure his participation in the last rites of the slain militants.
Reports said that despite strict restrictions, a group of people managed to reach Rathsuna Tral and organized a pro-freedom rally.
Stray stone-pelting incidents were reported from a couple of places in the town. Protesters according to reports gathered at Bus Stand Tral and chanted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
Reports said that a group of protesters also attacked the house of PDP legislator Mushtaq Ahmed Shah. Witnesses said that rocks were hurled on the house; however, Shah was not present in the house.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Valley with shops and business establishments remaining closed. Train Service continued to remain suspended on Tuesday for the fourth consecutive day. Educational institutions also remained closed.
Meanwhile, a police official said that situation across the valley remained peaceful and under control. However, minor incidents of stone pelting were reported from Keller Chowk in Shopian and Court Road, Pinglish in Tral.
At Pinglish Tral, miscreants heavily pelted stones on police and security forces deployment in which some police and security forces personnel were injured. The deployment used maximum restraint while dealing with the situation and the miscreants were chased away. A stone pelter was injured in the incident.
To avoid any untoward incident, restriction under section 144 CrPC remained imposed in some part of the city as also in some main towns.
Joint resistance leadership condemns govt for foiling Tral march
Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement condemned the imposition of curfew & restrictions in Srinagar, Tral and other parts of Kashmir on May 30 to foil Tral Chalo.
Castigating state administration for putting curbs on political activists, imposition of curfew and arresting Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik and other leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, in a statement today, said, “The restrictions, crackdown against leaders and activists and clamping curfew are illogical. Indian forces are carrying genocide under well thought plane, said Geelani and we are even bared to mourn over slain youth.
Terming it the worst example of state terrorism, resistance leaders said unwarranted and unjustified curbs on political activities give rise to chaos and uncertainty in state.
They are creating unnecessary hurdles in peaceful activities while referring to state administration and said that people in Tral were restricted and curfew was declared in whole area and laid unwarranted restrictions over people’s movement.
They are just misleading the world opinion, while referring to Indian leadership and said that Kashmir is not a law and order problem, however a political issue and people are peacefully pursuing their right to self-determination since last seven decades, added resistance leadership.
India with its military might is suppressing the genuine voices and consequent reaction from peaceful people are portrayed to serve their sinister designs, they said.
Resistance leadership demanded immediate release of all detainees and lifting of curbs and said these repressive measures would prove counterproductive and won’t serve any purpose for Indian authorities as these repressive measures were frustrated by the dedicated people in state.
Massive participation of people in militant funerals exposes India
Condemning government for foiling Tal Chalo program, senior separatist leader and President Anjuman Shari Shian Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi Tuesday said that such tactics can’t break the resolve of the freedom loving people of Kashmir.
“The Tral program was given to pay tribute to martyred militants including Sabzar Ahmed but the government of the day scared of the pro-freedom leadership used all the resources to foil it,” he said and added that the participation of thousands of mourners in the last rites of the militants have exposed and maligned Indian image across globe.
Has said that Indian Army Chiefs arrogant and senseless statement show that the Government of India has decided to openly admit that it has handed over Kashmir and the people of Kashmir to its army, granting them absolute authority and no accountability, to deal with Kashmiris as the army wills, with the sole objective that Kashmir remains part of India no matter if all Kashmiris have to be repressed, killed or humiliated for that.
He also paid tributes to the daughters of the nation young Aasiya and Neelofar of Shopian who were in an act of extreme barbarity raped and murdered on this day by the forces eight years ago. (CNS)