June 2001 News

Hurriyat suspends anti-India protests till Indo-Pak summit

10 June 2001
The Asian Age

Srinagar: Thirteen people were killed overnight in insurgency-related incidents in the state. In a statement, the Hurriyat conference said it had decided to adopt a wait-and-watch policy and suspend the "people's movement" for the time being. 'since the Hurriyat does not wish that the Indo-Pak summit talks on the Kashmir issue be disturbed or derailed in anyway, it therefore suspends the people's organised movement against state terrorism for the time being," it said. The hurriyat claimed that that "Israel-type state terrorism" was being unleashed in the Kashmir valley on the eve of next month's summit and blamed 'some government agencies with vested interests" of playing "dangerous games in a fit of frenzy" to harass the people and give an impression to the world that militants were gunning down innocent people at religious places. The Hurriyat was reacting to the grenade blast at the Shrine of Sheikh Noor-Ud-Din Noorani in Charar-E- Sharief where police used batons and lobbed teargas shells to beat back angry protestors Sunday. Four people, including senior Hurriyat leader Ghulam Nabi Hubi, were arrested as part of precautionary measures in the town, police said. The blast, which occured shortly before Friday prayers, claimed the lives of six women and left scores of others injured. While four women died on the day of the explosion, two others succumbed to injuries Sunday. Police lobbed dozens of teargas shells and baton-charged the demonstrators, joined later by angry youths who fought pitched battles with police, official reports received here said. A complete shutdown was observed for the third day Sunday in the entire Charar-E-Sharief belt as people blamed police for hurling the grenade on the devotees at the Shrine. Police deny the charge and hold militants responsible for the act. Security forces, meanwhile, frustrated an attempt of Pakistani intruders to sneak into the state, where eleven militants, a security jawan and a woman were killed and four wounded in separate encounters during the past 24 hours. Self-styled district Chief x x x eds here picking up from second para of Dr 32, insurgency-roundup-Kashmir.


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