December 2017 News

Police Arrests Hurriyat Leaders, Impose Restrictions In Old City

22 December 2017
Brighter Kashmir
Abid Hussain

Srinagar: Authorities on Friday imposed strict restrictions in city parts to prevent protests against civilian killings by government forces. Curbs were imposed here in summer capital areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven police stations Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Maharaj Gunj, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud. The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had called for Valley-wide protests after Friday prayers against killing of civilians, indiscriminate use of pellets and vandalizing properties by government forces. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leaders on Friday assembled here in Maisuma and staged protests against killings. The protesters carrying placards of infants left behind by slain women, raised pro-freedom slogans and condemned 'innocent' killings. A placard reads, 'Killers of innocent Ruby Jaan & Misra Bano are terrorists in uniform.' The Hurriyat leaders were arrested to prevent pro-freedom protests. There was no relief for senior resistance leader, Syed Ali Geelani, who continues to remain inside four walls at his Hyderpora residence due to prolonged house arrest. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the head preacher of Jamia Masjid was also placed under house detention at his Nigeen residence on Thursady evening. Mirwaiz took to Twitter and wrote 'Put back under *HouseArrest, was released yesterday evening only!!' The JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik was today arrested by police and lodged him in central jail. Earlier, three Kashmiris including two women were killed by security forces in north and south Kashmir. On Tuesday a woman identied as Ruby Jan of Batmuran Shopian was killed in forces action during a gunfight. Asif Iqbal, a civilian got killed after army fired upon him when he was driving his vehicle in Thandipora village of Kupwara district on Saturday night. Another woman Misra Beno was killed in firing by troops in Handawara area of North Kashmir in last week. Meanwhile, in wake of protests, train services between Baramulla and Banihal were suspended as a 'precautionary measure'. The services got restored on Thursday after remaining cancelled for two days.