Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday foiled a protest march of separatists and detained their five leaders and several other supporters in Srinagar.
A huge contingent of police swooped on a joint rally near Srinagar’s Residency Road when a group of protesters were being led by Democratic Freedom Party chief Shabir Ahmad Shah, National Front president Nayeem Khan, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (H) chief Javeed Mir, J-K Salvation Movement head Zafar Akbar Bhat and Yasmeen Raja, who heads a women separatists group Muslim Khawatee Markaz.
The police contingent bundled the separatists leaders in vehicles and were lodged in nearby police station. Raja was detained by women’s police wing when she tried to organise a sit on roadside. The supporters were also whisked away from the spot.
These separatist leaders were protesting and remembering the youth killed in 2010 civilian uprising. At least 113 youth died between June and October 2010 in violent street protests, in which youth engaged security personnel in pitched stone pelting. The protests were sparked by the killing of a schoolboy on June 11 in Srinagar in a police firing.
“This was a demonstration against the brutal killings of youth in 2008, 2009, 2010 during a public revolt against the government,” said JKLF’s Mir.
J-K Salvation Movement’s head Bhat said Tuesday’s protest was to express solidarity with the bereaved family. “We appeal to the international community to play its role in bringing the culprits to justice and protect honour, dignity and life of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” said Bhat.
The separatists were also planning to march towards the United Nations’ office in Srinagar. “We wanted to demand fair and impartial probe by the UN in the killings,” said Nayeem Khan.