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SRINAGAR, April 11: Joint Resistance Leadership Leadership (JRL) today called for valley wide shutdown on Thursday against the killing of four civilians by the security forces at Khudwani in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Addressing a joint press conference at Abiguzar area here, JRL leadership said that people of Kashmir have been left with no option other than to hit the streets against the brutality perpetuated by security forces in Kashmir.

They appealed people to observe complete shutdown on Thursday followed by sit-in protest after Duhur (afternoon prayers) at every locality and subsequent blackout in the evening to protest civilian killings.

“We appeal people to observe complete shutdown followed by sit-in protest at every locality after Duhur prayers. People are also appealed to turn off the lights at their houses (blackout) in the evening to mark civilian killings in Khudwani village,” said they.

Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq who were placed under house detention however addressed media on telephone and expressed deep shock over the civilian killings at the hands of government forces in Khudwani Kulgam.

“We have been left with no option than to come out on roads. The way our new generation is being targeted and killed reflects that it is being done under a thought-out conspiracy,” said Mirwaiz in his telephonic address.

He asserted that killings cannot be stopped if people continue to maintain silence on the issue.

“Every section of the society should collectively come forward. Be it traders, lawyers, engineers or students. Until and unless, everyone would not raise voice against innocent killings, trend will continue unabated,” said Mirwaiz.

JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik while condemning said fascist government in New Delhi is desirous on genocide of Kashmiri youth to contest next elections.

“Since they have been miserably failed in their nefarious designs, they want to contest next election by killing Kashmiri youth on daily basis. People are yet to come out of the shock they received in the aftermath of recent killings in south Kashmir parts that four more innocents were in Khudwani again,” Malik added.

On Kathua rape and murder, Malik said those who came out to support criminals be it lawyers, politicians or others depicted their criminal facet.

“When Nirbhaya was raped whole India was on roads but when a Muslim girl was raped and then brutally murdered after being kidnapped literate people including lawyers, politicians hit streets to support the criminal,” said he.

The JKLF Chairman said those who supported rapists are no less than murderers and rapists of eight years old Asifa Bano.

“We want to convey a strong message to India that don’t feel Jammu Muslims are isolated as separatist, religious and intellectual section in Kashmir have pledged to spill their blood to protect Jammu Muslims,” he added.

Meanwhile, scores of JKLF activists including Malik were arrested after they tried to take out a protest march to Lal Chowk to express solidarity with Kathua rape and murder victim Asifa and those who were killed today in Khudwani Kulgam.

As soon as Malik along with scores of his supporters started marching towards Lal Chowk, a posse of police deployed in advance swung into action and bundled Malik and his associated in the already awaiting police vehicle and detained them at Kothibagh police station.

Malik was later shifted to Srinagar Central Jail from Kothibagh police station ahead of JRL's shutdown call on Thursday.

News Updated at : Thursday, April 12, 2018
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