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Hurriyat will build memorial, threaten agitation if prevented

Srinagar, July 12, 2007:

The moderate faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has threatened to launch a state-wide agitation, if the government prevents it from erecting a memorial for the July 13, 1931 martyrs in Srinagar.

On July 13, 1931, 21 Kashmiris were killed by the oppressive Dogra rulers in a park at Mohalla Hati Khan outside the Central jail Srinagar for launching a rebellion against the then tyrant Dogra ruler.

The day is observed every year in Kashmir as Martyrs day, by separatist as well as the pro-India political groups.

The APHC announced this week that it would raise a memorial at the site of massacre outside the Central Jail.

A number of APHC (Mirwaiz) activists were arrested Wednesday and Thursday to prevent them from starting the construction work on the memorial at the place. (downloaded from Kashmir Newz)

Addressing a crowded press conference here today, chairman of the moderate faction of the APHC, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today said that the conglomerate would launch state-wide agitation against stopping its activists from visiting the place to erect the martyr memorial.

Mirwaiz termed the government action of preventing his activists from visiting the place as “frustration on the part of the government and the Indian troops”.

He said that the conglomerate had received a letter from the Deputy Commissioner asking it not to visit the Martyr Memorial Park, as according to them it was creating law and order problem.

Mirwaiz said that the Hurriyat activists would march from Jamia Masjid (main mosque) in Srinagar to the Mazhar-e-Shahodda (Martyrs Graveyard) at Khawaja Bazaar in downtown Srinagar Friday.

He said that the Hurriyat would gather public opinion over the issue and later intensify its agitation.

The chief priest of Kashmir also condemned the human rights violations by police and Indian paramilitary troops during the past week in the downtown area.

A 15-year-old boy Muntazir Ahmad Khan was killed when, according to eyewitnesses, police opened fire on the people who were protesting against the recent human rights violations and molestations allegedly by Indian troops.

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