Geelani calls for shutdown against ‘suspicious’ Kupwara encounter

Srinagar: Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani has called for Valley wide shutdown on February 28, Friday, against the ‘suspicious’ killing of seven militants in frontier Kupwara district on Monday.

Reacting to the use of force on protesters in Lalpora area of Kupwara today during which at least sixteen people including policemen and journalists were injured, Geelani called it ‘State sponsored terrorism’.

The separatist leader demanded an independent investigation by some international organization in these types of incidents. “After the confirmation of Machil and Pathribal encounters as fake and fabricated, it has become compulsory for the world community to come forward for the protection of human lives in Kashmir and play their role in exposing the war crimes of Indian occupied forces”, he said.

Geelani said that the local people often complain about such incidents in which they allege the security forces of arresting the youth and murdering them in custody or ‘killing in indiscriminate firing in an ambush when they are unaware of the situation in the area’.

Geelani said that people could not witness the on-ground circumstances as these encounters were “staged” in forests and far-flung areas.