Kashmir Observes Strike Over Assualt On APHC Leaders

5 July 2008
Kashmir Watch

Srinagar: A complete strike has been observed in almost all parts of Kashmir the smack call was given by united Hurriyat conference against what it allege the atrocities rendered by police on the protest march yesterday at the Shrine of Hazratbal in which Senior separatist leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah was critically injured besides other Hurriyat activist. Several eminent separatist leaders visited the SKIMS hospital to confirm the health improvement of the injured secessionist leader which include renowned Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani along with some Senior Hurriyat leaders like Sheikh Abdul Aziz, Nayeem Ahmasd Khan, Mir Mohammad Iqbal, G.M Zaki and others. Hurriyat conference has already condemned the police action and termed police action a sheer act of vandalism .APHC has given one day strike call which has affected the normal life in valley , Schools Shops and other Business establishments remained closed , attendance in Government was very thin, however reports coming from South Kashmir confirm that the partial Bandh was observed in the whole area. A pitched battle has been witnessed in Soura area where people allege that the Shrine of Soura was set ablaze by some miscreants in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday and tried to blast the Shrine which created psychological horror among the masses . people of the area came to streets and started shouting anti-Government slogans and pelting stones on plying vehicles . In the clashes a Dozens of civilians received minor injured along with two police personnel but situation at present is under control, people demand an independent probe into the incident . Several Political, and social organization have condemned the inopportune occurrence. In this context police handout says that a fire incident took place at Jenab Sahib, Soura. The Police and general public tried to extinguish the fire and Fire and Emergency department was also informed. According to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, fire broke out in Jenab Sahib Soura Shrine this morning which damaged the roof of the Shrine. However, the Holy Relic (SAW) is safe. The Fire and Emergency staff soon after receiving the message swung into action and brought the fire under control immediately. Fire was brought under controlled. No damage was caused to holy relic or the Shrine. Senior police officers who rushed to the spot said that it looked a case of accidental fire apparently; however Police is investigating further in matter.