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Separatists call for shutdown today
SRINAGAR, Jun 16: Separatist leadership today called for a complete shutdown tomorrow against civilian killings, ransacking of properties and ‘forces arrogance.’

Terming the action by security forces as “state sponsored terrorism,” the leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, in a joint statement said that security forces have virtually declared war on civilians and feel free to kill and are going on a rampage. “They are not accountable for their wrongdoings,” said the leadership and blamed the authorities for creating mayhem.

Blaming state administration, the leadership said that they have vested unbridled powers in forces.

The joint leadership expressed deep grief over the killing of Ashtangoo youth Nazir Ahmad in Rangreth area in Srinagar and a civilian in Arwani Kulgam by forces and said that it was a target killing.

Blaming SSB personnel, the leadership said that protestors in Rangreth, peacefully dispersed after security forces resorted to tear gas shelling. However, SSB personnel deliberately killed, the youth at point blank range.

They strongly condemned the vandalising of private vehicles and ransacking of houses and business establishments and said, “it illustrates sheer vengeance and vandalizing and looting business establishment is unjustified as they were not part of any protest.”

Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said that after the recent statement of army chief Bipin Rawat, security forces have been vested with unbridled powers and they feel free to go any extent.

They are treating the state as a hunting ground and killing whosoever comes in their way, said leadership.

They said that it has become routine for security forces and they go on a rampage for killing innocents and destroying properties.

Blaming Indian leadership, joint leadership said that on the one hand security forces are crossing all limits by killing people and destroying properties and on the other, Indian leadership including Rajnath Singh Ram Madhav and Amit Shah are adding fuel to fire and according to their “fanatical dogma, the believe that every Kashmiri is an enemy and deserve death.”

“We have only two options,” said the separatist leaders and added, “either we have to surrender and accept their hegemony or live like brave hearts, prefer death and pursue our mission with persistence and commitment.”

Blaming the state authorities for choking political space for peaceful activities and while reiterating their appeal for shutdown, Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said, “It is not just for a fun but we are left with no option other than to resent and raise our voice against killing spree and state sponsored terrorism.”

News Updated at : Saturday, June 17, 2017
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