Sidelined for quite a time now, sepratists on Monday condemned the civilian killing during a demonstration against power crisis in north Kashmir saying "Kashmir is being ruled by the police and the army and the act is nothing but state terrorism".
With the aim to galvanize street protests, hardline Hurriyat, headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, termed the incident as “state terrosim”.
“Firing on peaceful protestors is height of state terrorism. Innocent people are being beaten up with batons and killed for their legitimate demands like electricity and water supply. We strongly condemn the brutal act,” said hardline Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar.
Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “While people around the world are celebrating New Year, people in Kashmir are being killed for their genuine demands." It is evident that Kashmir is being ruled by police and the Army."
Javeed Mir, a senior militant-turned-separatst leader threatened to hit the streets if killing of innocent civilains go like this. “We have to come on roads to stop such killings. Whenever people execerise democratic right and demand their political and developmental rights, they are fired upon,” alleged Mir.
Separatists were silent last year as the government avoided provided any excuse to galvanise street protest. Even shutdown calls evoked feeble response.
But with Geelani asking for a shutdown on January 6 in Sopore against an old incident when the town was engulfed in fire when the army entered it to wrest it back from miliatnts in early 1990s. Monday’s killing will add to the anger in Sopore with chances of protests spilling to other towns on that day.