Monday, November 29, 1999

J-K separatists campaign against human rights violations

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Srinagar, Jun 18 (PTI) Separatists today launched a peaceful campaign against "unabated" human rights violations by courting arrest and staging a peaceful sit-in at two places here. While Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) commenced its fill-the-jail campaign with over 40 persons courting arrest at Lal Chowk , chairman of hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and his supporters staged a peaceful hour-long dharna at Magarmalbagh. Shortly after Friday prayers, supporters of JKLF took out a procession from the party headquarters at Maisuma to Lal Chowk, where party Chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik and over 40 others presented themselves for the arrest. They boarded waiting police vans amidst slogans like "down with state terrorism" and "revoke Armed Forces Special Powers Act". Before courting arrest, Malik said their purpose was to draw the attention of the world community towards "unabated" human rights violations at the hands of security forces in Kashmir. Geelani and his supporters staged a peaceful dharna at Magarmalbagh area of the city after prayers. Addressing the protesters, Geelani accused the central government of not fulfilling its promises made to the people of Kashmir in 1947 and using armed forces to suppress the Kashmiris.

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