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JRL calls protest shutdown in Kashmir today

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Srinagar, Oct 17: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called a protest shutdown Thursday against the “atrocities being inflicted on people including gruesome killings, arbitrary arrests and PSAs, destruction of homes, harassment of students, attack on journalists and all other measures of repression.”

In a statement issued here today, JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik expressed “deep anguish and grief at the killing of son of the house-owner young Rayees Ahmed and two armed youth Mehraj ud Din Bangroo and Faid Mushtaq Waza in Fateh Kadal today morning by the Indian forces, razing down of the house and damaging others around it and the cardiac arrest suffered by the owner of the house due to the forces’ action.”

JRL said that “state repression” against people is increasing with each passing day as it gets manifest in different forms of atrocities being committed.

“State machinery is all out to crush people in order to crush their dissent. Communication lines are blocked as internet is suspended frequently, youth and activists are arbitrarily booked under draconian PSA and sent to outside jails,” they said.

“There is no law in the land except the law of state might. Universities and colleges are forcibly closed to disallow students from raising their voice against daily killings and atrocities. Kashmiri students in outside universities are booked in false cases and harassed. Even news reporters and photographers are not spared and thrashed,” they said.

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