Killings by unknown gunmen continue in Kashmir, JRL Blames ‘Agencies’ For Activist’s Killing

Two persons have been killed and a woman has been injured in the past three days in different attacks by unknown gunmen in Kashmir.

In North Kashmir, a Hurriyat activist was shot dead on Saturday after an unknown gunman fired at him in Bombai Sopore, in Baramulla district.

According to the reports, gunmen fired at the Hurriyat activist Hakeem Ur Rehman Sultani when he was walking outside his home. Hakeem suffered serious head injuries, and was taken to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared him ‘brought dead’.

Hakeem was reportedly affiliated to Hurriyat (G) led by Syed Ali Geelani, and was recently released from the jail.
A senior police officer confirmed this incident, and said that the police have reached the spot and have launched the search to nab the attackers.

Just 59 kilometres away from Bomai, another man, Asif Nazir Dar, was shot dead by the unknown gunmen in Naseem Bagh area of Srinagar. He was a resident of Panzgam Awantipora, Pulwama.

SSP Srinagar Imtiaz Ismail Parray told reporters that a police team reached the spot immediately, and recovered the body for medico-legal formalities. He said that one pistol and two magazines were recovered from the slain youth..

After investigation, the police have revealed that the slain youth was an active militant affiliated with Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, led by Zakir Musa.

Police officials said that militant was active since January 2017. Initially, he had joined the proscribed militant outfit Hizbul Mujahedeen, but later got associated with the Esa Fazili group of militants.

On Saturday evening, unknown gunmen fired at a vehicle as well that was being driven by a lady namely Rani. As per the reports, the bullet missed the target, and hit another lady, identified as Simran Jan, a resident of Saidakadal, Srinagar, who was sitting beside Rani.

This is the second attack on in this year, previously a grenade was lobbed into her parlour.

Killing by unknown gunmen is an old phenomenon in Jammu and Kashmir, which has continued

Meanwhile,  Joint Resistance Leadership on Monday made a fervent appeal to the people of Sopore and Zainageer to observe a complete shutdown on Friday against the gruesome killing of Hakeem-ur-Rehman Sultani of Bomai Sopore at the “hands of Indian agencies.”

“After taking a keen account of the report submitted by the nominated committee and the public revelations said that the invisible hand of Indian agencies in the gruesome killing can’t be ruled out,” said JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued here.

The meeting expressed its grave concern on the revival of custodial as well as the mysterious killings in Jammu and Kashmir to give vent to group clashes and anarchy, it added.

Citing the case of “custodial killing of Ashfaq Ahmad Wani” at Naseem Bagh Srinagar and the brutal killing of Hakeem-ur-Rehman at Bomai Sopore, the JRL blamed Indian regime for designing conspiracies to drive a wedge in unwavering unity of the people of Kashmir displayed to foil the “nefarious designs” to change the demography and state subject law in addition to thrust any sham elections on the people of the state.

The JRL going through the report and inputs received from different public sources arrived at the conclusion that the positive and exemplary role played by the Hakeem-ur-Rehman for the last one decade or so while remaining very close to the public, has acted as an irritant for the “Indian agencies”. “He was fired upon his leg by the Police Task Force, jailed under public safety act and threatened of dire consequences for his inflamed oratory, philanthropic dreams and aspirations, noble character and an unwavering commitment for the ongoing movement for right to self-determination.”

The JRL while appreciating the positive role and noble contributions of the Hakeem-ur-Rehman, said we cannot, in any way forget the precious sacrifices of our martyrs.

Paying rich tributes to Hakeem-ur-Rehman, Ishfaq Ahmad Wani and others, the JRL pledged to lead the movement to its logical conclusion.

On the directions of JRL leadership, Mohammad Yaseen malik visited Bomai Sopore to pay hearty condolences with the bereaved widow and five girl kids of the said martyr. While addressing the gathering, Mohammad Yasin Malik reiterated the JRL’s commitment to take the movement for right to self-determination to its logical conclusion.

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