Kulgam Killings : Er Rasheed detained after leading protest at Handwara

Kulgam Killings : Er Rasheed detained after leading protest at Handwara

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Handwara, October 22 (KNO) : Despite restrictions, hundreds joined today AIP’s protest march against Kulgam Killings at Handwara, a spokesman said on Monday. Protesters were seeking end to bloodshed and resolution to Kashmir dispute. Protesters with black flags and play cards marched towards main Chowk Handwara raising strong slogans in favor of plebiscite and against state terrorism, the statement issued to KNO reads. Addressing a gathering at main Chowk Handwara, Er Rasheed reiterated that Kashmiris are not enemies of peace but cannot surrender their legitimate rights. He said “It is shameful that rather taking permanent measures to resolve Kashmir dispute forever, New Delhi and its proxies are busy in distorting the facts and accusing Kashmiris who are the worst victims of state terrorism. Whatsoever happened in Kulgam should be condemned by all and there is no excuse to justify these killings”. Er Rasheed urged political parties not to disgrace the people further and make out a joint strategy to save Kashmir from further bloodbath. He said “It is failure of the political leadership that New Delhi is enjoying our killings and political parties are strengthening their vote bank from Srinagar to New Delhi over dead bodies of Kashmiris”.Er Rasheed accused JKP of forgetting its basic duties and doing worst to its own people. He said “Someday the local cops may realize that all what they are doing is shameful but till then it may be too late and the gap between masses and the local cops may become unbridgeable. The local cops will have to give up arrogance and understand that J&K dispute is not about silencing Kashmiris through the barrel of the gun but a political dispute that needs a political resolution through Right to Self Determination”. Later, Protesters tried to march further but were stopped by a heavy contingent of Police and CRPF and Er Rasheed along with few colleagues were taken into custody and lodged in police station Handwara. Party also carried out strong protests marches at Baderwah, Kashtawar and various others places in Jammu province against the killings in Kulgam.(KNO)