Hurriyat Leaders Urge People To Shun Polls
28 January 2005
Srinagar: Senior leaders of Hurriyat Conference addressing Juma congregations at different places in the valley Friday urged people to completely boycott so-called civic polls and stay away from the first phase of election being held in Baramulla and Kupwara districts on Saturday (today). Kashmir Media Service reported that people were urged to stay away and completely dissociate themselves from the election drama. APHC's provincial chairman Agha Hassan Al-Moosvi addressed a large Juma congregation at Budgam. Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai addressed a Juma gathering at Shaheed Gung, Srinagar, Shaikh Ali Mohammad at Pulwama, Nazir Ahmad Payami at Keeler, Pulwama,Moulvi Ghulam Hassan at Sopore, Ghulam Nabi Waar at Kupwara and Ayaz Mohammad Akbar at Khanyar in Srinagar. Meanwhile, Indian army's Rashtriya Rifles soldiers today shot dead a scooter rider Mohammad Abbas Wani at Pithpora, Pulwama. The incident triggered a strong protest demonstration. Hurriyat leaders Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Shaikh Abdul Aziz, Mohammad Salim Zargar, Mian Manzoor Ahmad, and Syed Bashir Ahmad Andrabi addressed the demonstrators. In another move against Kashmiris, Rashtriya Rifles arrested a number of respectable citizens in Bijbehara Friday. Those arrested included Abdul Ghaffar Naik, Nazir Ahmad Naik, Mohammad Ismail Dar, Abdul Rashid Shaikh and Ali Mohammad Shaikh. Hurriyat Conference has taken strong exception to the illegal arrest of citizens.