Hurriyat’s bandh paralyses life in Srinagar
31 August 2001
The Indian Express
Srinagar: The All Parties Hurriyat Conference led a strike in Srinagar on Friday against what they said were widespread human rights violations by Indian security forces in the Valley. Witnesses said that schools, shops and businesses stayed shut and streets were deserted in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian army, meanwhile, said that it had killed a dozen militants who were trying to sneak into Kashmir from Pakistan late on Thursday. “The strike call has been given to draw attention of world organisations towards the sinister plan of a systematic genocide of Kashmiris by Indian security forces,” the Hurriyat said in a statement. However, Indian authorities deny rights violations. They say they investigate all such reports and punish those found guilty. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah last weekend asked police to speed up registration of cases against human rights violators across the restive region. Violence has soared in Kashmir since a summit between India and Pakistan ended in deadlock over the Kashmir dispute.