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Fugitive J-K separatist releases video, asks people for more sacrifices

india Updated: Oct 17, 2010 18:39 IST
Peerzada Ashiq
Peerzada Ashiq
Hindustan Times
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Underground and on-the-run hardline J-K separatist leader Masrat Alam came up with another video compact disc (CD) --- uploaded on social networking sites too --- asking people “render more sacrifices’ and stick to protest calendars issued by his Hurriyat faction, headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

“The struggle in the last four months has reached to a decisive phase. We have been able to grab the attention of the world. The people should not discontinue to struggle,” said Alam in the CD released on Saturday evening and beamed on social networking sites like YouTube and Facebook.

Alam (38) is hiding for the last four months and emerged as the most wanted face for the police because the separatist leader, working as general secretary in the Hurriyat, organized most of the protests on streets and social networking sites.

This is his second video CD released in the last four months of unrest in Kashmir, triggered by the killing of a schoolboy allegedly in a tear-smoke shelling by the police in Srinagar on June 11. The circulation of first CD was banned by the police.

Alam tells people not to be “disheartened”. “We have faced economic losse but that can be compensated and not the struggle…keep the struggle on as *Azadi (freedom) *is round the corner,” said Alam.

Alam praised Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani and United Jihad Council chief Syed Salahudin for their “unflinching commitment”.

“It is not only the duty of Geelani to struggle against India but Kashmiri people as one nation have to put in their efforts and sacrifices,” said Alam, sporting a free-flowing beard in the video.

Hailing militants, Alam said: “The role of Salahudin has been commendable. I assure militants that the whole nation is with them and salute their resolve,” said Alam.

Alam asked youth to put up a “brave face” and not be “cowed down by the laws like Public Safety Act (PSA) and by the jail bars”.

Alam attacked the local police for “inflicting atrocities on people”. “Police officers are trying to appease India by waging war against Kashmiris. This nation will never forgive them,” said Alam.

Alam is allegedly responsible for fuelling street protests and drafting protest calendar for the last four months. Released in June after 22 months of detention for being active in the 2008 Amarnath row, Alam faced harsh Public Safety Act (PSA) for seven times in the past.