Kashmir Valley Friday witnessed various protest marches against the killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activist Sheikh Altaf who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in North Kashmir’s Sopore town in Baramulla district on Tuesday.
The call for protest marches was given by Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani. The protest march in Sopore turned violent after scores of youth attacked police and CRPF personnel with stones at main chowk. Eyewitnesses told CNS that soon after Friday prayers, Hurriyat G activists organized a protest march from Jamia Masjid that culminated in main chowk. The march was attended by locals while some youth reportedly amid anti-India slogans waved Pakistani flags.
Carrying placards and banners, the protesters alleged that Sheikh Altaf was killed by Indian security agency and demand that a fair probe should be ordered to expose the killers. ‘Stop target killing’, ‘Stop Killing innocent people’ were the slogans that protesters raised.
Reports said as the protest march was about the culminate, scores of youth hurled stones on government forces resulting in the hours long clashes. Police used tear-smoke shells to disperse the agitated youth, however, they engaged police in pitched battle for few hours.
A protest march was also taken out in Baramulla district that was led by separatist leader Abdul Samad Inqalabi. The protesters demanded an end to target killings and alleged that pro-freedom people are being targeted for none of their fault.
In South Kashmir’s Anantnag district a protest march was led by Hurriyat G district president Mir Hafizullah. The protesters tried to march towards Lal Chowk, however they were stopped by police. The protesters after condemning the Sopore killing dispersed peacefully.
In Pulwama, the peaceful protest march was led by District President Hurriyat G Ghulam Mohiuddin Andrabi who alleged that Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activist Sheikh Altaf was killed by Indian sponsored armed men.
In Srinagar, scores of separatist leaders assembled at Pratap Park Srinagar and staged a sit-in there. They were carrying placards seeking justice for the victim’s family.
The protesters including Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Imtiyaz Hyder and others alleged that Sheikh Altaf was killed by Indian agencies and these agencies have started to target selected persons related to Kashmir Freedom Struggle. Police detained all the protestors when they tried to come out from the park.
After Friday prayers, a protest march was taken out from Nowhatta Chowk in which protesters unfurled Pakistani and Islamic flags.