Geelani calls for state-wide shutdown on June 11

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Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani Sunday called for a state-wide shutdown on June 11 to commemorate the killing of youths who lost their lives during peaceful agitations in the past three years in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Prayers should be held for all the martyrs and to pay tribute, people should go to the graveyards where these national heroes are buried,” he said in a statement.
He said the shutdown is also to press for a trial of those responsible for the killing of 118 people in 2010 agitation in Kashmir and release of political prisoners.
The shutdown will coincide with the first death anniversary of Tufail Ahmad Mattoo who was killed by a teargas shell on June 11 last year.
Hurriyat (G), the statement said, has decided that June 11 would be commemorated as “Remembrance Day.” The statement was issued after the meeting of its Majlis-e- Shura chaired by Geelani.
 Geelani said 2010 mass movement was a natural reaction to the Machil fake encounter and killings of Wamiq Farooq, Zahid Farooq, Inyat and Tufail Matto.
 The conglomerate alleged that New Delhi tried to portray the struggle in “negative sense by creating impression that it was a law and order problem and Kashmiris want to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere.”
 “Kashmir is a human and political issue having international status and we want its peaceful resolution,” the party statement said. “Sometime they term it insurgency at the behest of Pakistan while at other occasions they try to give it communal colour and portray it as law and order problem.”
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) said the District and Sessions Court Kupwara has issued a non-bailable warrant against Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a 26-year-old case.

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