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Separatists up ante, call for sit-in protests in Kashmir

Separatists in Kashmir today threatened to up their ante against the state government and asked people to come on roads and mosques to register their protests against the killing of eight teenagers in the last fortnight. Peerzada Ashiq reports. Army may be called in

india Updated: Jun 28, 2010 23:21 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

Separatists in Kashmir on Monday threatened to up their ante against the state government and asked people to come on roads and mosques to register their protests against the killing of eight teenagers in the last fortnight.

"Now that the state government has admitted it has no control over security forces killing unarmed civilians, people are asked to fill the streets and protests peacefully on June 28 and June 29," All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said.

He appealed to people to assemble at colonies central places and raise pro-freedom slogans.

"The aim to attract the attention of international community towards state terrorism and unending violence against new generation in Kashmir," said the Mirwaiz, who was placed under house arrest on Monday.

The separatists, both moderate and hard-line led by Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani, have issued a calendar of protests, which includes two-day strike and marches towards city's historical places like Pather Masjid.

Heeding to Hurriyat calls, many mosques in the city in the Monday evening asked people to come out on roads to protests the killings. Pro-freedom songs were played at ruling National Conference bastion Shah Hamdan shrine at Zaina Kadal. There were reports of sit-in from several localities in Srinagar.

Sopore, where four youth were killed in the last four days, also witnessed late night protest sit-ins.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, led by Yasin Malik, has also asked people to protest against the killings.

Malik was arrested on Sunday night from his residence and has been taken to unknown location. Mirwaiz's aide Nayeem Ahmad Khan has also been arrested from Pattan area early Monday and shifted to an unknown destination.

Meanwhile, all exams scheduled for next three days have been cancelled by the authorities.