Pulwama: The Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chief Shabir Shah on Wednesday castigated the government over what he termed its “repressive measures” to break the sentiments of people in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement issued here today, Shah condemned the “atrocities unleashed by police and administration upon the people of Zewan saying such measures will not help authorities in any way.”

Shutdown in Pulwama

“By resorting to such repressive measures, authorities cannot break the pro-freedom sentiments of people rather it makes the people’s resolve towards freedom struggle much stronger,” he said.

Shutdown in Pulwama

Police had used teargas shells to prevent mourners from offering funeral prayers of a Lashkar militant Sajad Bhat on the Srinagar-Jammu highway near Zewan on Tuesday.

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Shah also accused the administration of “complicating” the issue of the martyrs’ memorial in Pulwama, where a shutdown continued on the 13th day today over the demand for installation of the memorial at Shaheed Park.

Shutdown in Pulwama

“Such attitude on part of authorities is against law,” he said while maintaining that “people have every right to remember their beloved ones who sacrificed their lives while fighting the tyranny and oppression.”

Shutdown in Pulwama

Reiterated his support for the martyrs’ memorial campaign, Shah extended support to a call for peaceful protests after Friday prayers issued by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani.

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