Kashmiris call for strike on anniversary of Indian troop deployment
Indian troops landed on October 27 in 1947 to subjugate and occupy Kashmir, a statement said.india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 18:29 IST
Muslim separatists in Jammu and Kashmir have called a one-day strike on Friday, the anniversary of the day Indian forces arrived in the Muslim-majority region in 1947.
"We appeal people to observe a complete strike October 27," said the moderate wing of the region's main separatist alliance, the Hurriyat Conference, on Monday.
"Indian troops landed on this day in 1947 to subjugate and occupy Kashmir," said the statement, issued in Srinagar.
"The day should be observed as a black day," said leading separatist and political activist Shabir Shah, head of the Democratic Freedom Party, who has spent over 20 years in Indian jails for promoting Kashmir's secession from India.
"The strike is to protest the denial of the right to self-determination to us," said Shah.