“On 16th April, It commenced when “Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani” addressed a Public rally in Srinagar accompanied by his adherents including separatist leader Masarat Alam ( his first appearance after his release last month) were against the Laws of the country.
J&K Police filed a case, against them under Unlawful Activities Act for “ Provocative activities and hoisting of Pakistan flags”. Geelani was booked under Section-13 of UAPA & Sections 120-B, 147, 341, 336 & 427 of Ranbir penal Code (RPC). After spending 3 months in Delhi, at Hyderpora Geelani addressed a public rally. The horde waved Pakistan flags and shouted slogans of “Azadi”.
After Geelani’s speech enormous segment of youth asked him to take the stage. Masrat Alam raised slogan “Kashmir banega,” youth responded cries of “Pakistan,” Alam shouted, “Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan (long live Pakistan)”. In his speech Geelani said “This (Kashmir) is not an issue of the border between India and Pakistan. This is an issue of the people of J&K, whether they are Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs or Christians. He also warned the government against setting up exclusive colonies for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits.
Geelani said “India has announced Rs 20 lakh for them to build their houses..Give them Rs 30 lakh but let them stay in there villages”. Geelani ended his speech with slogans of “Azadi”. On the evening of his visit to Tral, holding a protest, Chairman of Hurriyat, Syed Ali Geelani has been placed under House arrest. J&K police has decided not to allow any one towards the Tral on 17th April(Friday). After all the Police case and the incident, J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed said “law will take its own course”.
Two days after he led a rally alongside Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali shah Geelani Separatist leader Masarat Alam was arrested on Friday (17th April) for “Seditious activities”. A day after the Hurriyat conference planned to keep a rally in South Kashmir’s Tral town led clashes between protestants and police. The separatists are protesting against the killing of 25 year old in Tral that too in a Army encounter. Cases were Registered against Alam for breaking the law, waving Pakistani Flags and Pro Lashkar slogans at the rally.
BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said, ” Wednesday’s rally was a reaction to the BJP governments attempt to rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits and protect refuges from west Pakistan”. Meanwhile, authorities imposed restrictions and sealed roads leading Tral to prevent protests against the killing of Khalid Muzzafar, His family allege that he was killed in Army custody. Protest were on like a fire in Tral and also in some parts of the city, Police used Latthi charge and tear gas to scatter the crowd.
The very same day, Hurriyat moderate chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led the protest in the city in front of Jama masjid.
On 18th April, Suhail Ahmad Sofi, a class X student, was killed in a open fire by the police on the protestors in Ghat Narhal, Budgam on saturday(18th April). Four others were injured when the security forces opened fire on a group of Budgam district. This was during the strike being called by the separatists to protest against the arrest of leader Masarat Alam. The J&K police said, admitting the fault two of its personnel have been arrested. Probe tells that Constable Javaid Ahmed fired with his service rifle on the direction of ASI Manzoor Ahmad in violation.
Studying in a government high school, Suhail Ahmad Sofi left for the school as usual in the morning on saturday (18th April) but soon afterwards he was lying dead at a nearby hospital with a bullet in his back. This was all due to the clashes between the security personnel and Protesters. After this violence erupted in several parts of Kashmir.
Shakeel Ahmad, cousin of Suhail said “It was a murder”, “We left home together. Outside, some shops were open and traffic was moving normally. There were some youth not more than 10- occasionally throwing stones suddenly police came in and opened fire” he claimed. Suhail died before reaching the hospital, as the internal organs were completely damaged due to the bullet.
“When police opened fired, we started running, but when i looked back i saw Suhail lying down I asked him to get up and run. Then we started running again, barely few meters and he fell down again” Shakeel claimed.
“Once I looked back I saw a police man trampling his body. I called for help, a women came and snached him away from the police man. I rushed him to the hospital, but the doctor said it was too late” he alleged.
Talking about the ASI and the constable, both have been taken under custody and investigation is underway. The Magam police station SHO, Inspector Khursheed Rehman, Has also been attached to lack of supervision- Said J&K spokesperson, SP Manoj Kumar. The case undergoes sections of RPC, including 302(murder) is registered. Sofi’s death Sparked more protests in the villages, in which two youths sustained injuries and one of them has a critical injury says the Doctor.
Police said, they received reports of stone pelting on them just to control the situation they had to fire few rounds resulting injuries.
“A case (FIR No 34/2015) under sections 302,147, 149,341,427 RPC has been registered at the Magam police station”. CRPF Spokesperson Ashish kumar said as probe has been ordered, “Our proofs are always deployed with the local police…we will know once the investigation is over” he said.
J&K liberation Chief Yaseen Malik & Social activist Swami Agnivesh were not allowed lead a march to Narbal to protest against Sofi’s killing.