Pro-freedom leaders call for shutdown in Kashmir against Budgam killings

SRINAGAR – The pro-freedom leaders of Kashmir including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik have called for complete shutdown on Wednesday, November 5, in protest against the killing of two civilians in Chattergam area of Budgam last evening when Army troopers fired on the car they were travelling in for allegedly not stopping on a check-point.

The two youth Faisal Ahmad Bhat and Mehraj-u-din Ahmad Dar died in the incident while two others Muhammad Zahid Naqash and Muhammad Shaker Bhat were critically injured. The deceased were buried in their ancestral graveyard in Nowgam area of Srinagar Tuesday morning following which clashes erupted between protesters and security forced deployed in the area. Curfew like restrictions were also imposed in and around the area to prevent protest demonstrations.

Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani appealed people to observe shutdown. He returned from Delhi after a health check-up today following which he was put under house arrest. Geelani said that such incidents are known cases of ‘brutality’ and ‘barbarism’.

Asking people to observe shutdown to register protest, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “The killing of two innocent youths by Army is unfortunate.” He also called for a probe by independent agencies into the shooting incident. His party also filed petition in various rights organizations in this regard.

Chairman, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Yasin Malik also appealed people to observe shutdown. He said, “…this incident actually provides us another glaring example of Indian army and forces brutal face.” Malik said that as a living nation we cannot remain silent over such ‘heinous’ crimes.