Jan 26th: Indias Republic Day is black day in Srinagar-always!


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January 26, 2011

By Pakistan Patriot
SRINAGAR (IHK): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world will observe Indian Republic Day today as Black Day to convey to the international community that Indian claim of being a democratic republic is a hoax as it continues to deny the Kashmiris their right to self-determination, reports KMS.
Call for the observance of the Day has been given by the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani and the High Court Bar Association.
The day will be marked by a complete strike in occupied Kashmir with all business establishments, offices, banks and courts remaining closed.
Ahead of the Black Day, tomorrow, a red alert has been sounded in the occupied territory, with Indian troops and police intensifying their search operations and frisking of pedestrians and motorists.
The areas around Bakhshi Stadium, the venue of the main official function in Srinagar, are under siege as the troops have strengthened their vigil by occupying all high-rise buildings. Surveillance cameras have also been installed around the Stadium.
On the other hand, forceful anti-India demonstrations, marked with complete shutdown, continued for the second consecutive day, Monday against the killing of a civilian by Indian troops in Kalampora area of Pulwama. Senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, along with a dozen Hurriyet activists, was arrested at Kakpora while on his way to visit the family of the martyred.
The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement issued in Srinagar on Monday strongly denounced the killing of the civilian and the arrest of Shabbir Ahmad Shah. He said that withdrawal of Indian troops was imperative to bring an end to the human rights violations in the occupied territory. Kashmiris to observe Black Day today
Pakistan Times Jammu & Kashmir Desk


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R-day passes off peacefully in Srinagar

Yasin Malik arrested, BJP activists detained at Lal Chowk

Amid a virtual lockdown of Srinagar, Republic Day celebrations passed off peacefully throughout the Kashmir Valley. Police arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik and 17 supporters, and detained seven Bharatiya Janata Party activists.

With the move by the BJP to culminate its Ekta Yatra by hoisting the tricolour at Lal Chowk here, and the counter-move by the JKLF to hoist its own flag, authorities sealed the city centre from all sides and did not allow even mediapersons to enter the area.

Barricades with sharp concertina wire were erected on Tuesday evening and all entry routes to Lal Chowk sealed. The clock tower was the main point of attraction for the BJP and the JKLF to show their strength.

Even as Mr. Malik, Hurriyat leader Bilal Lone, and 16 others appeared from a corner at Lal Chowk chanting pro-freedom slogans, the police stopped them and bundled them into their vehicles. Mr. Malik and others had been hiding in the area.

Police also detained seven BJP activists who tried to break the cordon with the tricolour in their hands. They were severely thrashed and taken to the police station.

Only the local unit of the CRPF stationed at Lal Chowk unfurled the tricolour, which officials said was a routine practice.

Official functions at Jammu, Srinagar and other district headquarters passed off peacefully. Governor N.N. Vohra and Finance Minister A.R. Rather unfurled the flag at Jammu and Srinagar respectively. Without naming the BJP, Mr. Rather said that some parties were trying to divide the country on communal lines, but the people have given them a befitting reply by not paying heed to their calls. Sources said that the tricolour was hoisted at around 450 places across the Kashmir division.

Keywords: Srinagar Republic Day celebrations
Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/other-states/article1127322.ece