DFP activists arrested during protest march in Srinagar

Srinagar, February 08, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Indian Police today arrested dozens of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) activists in Srinagar while they tried to march towards the UN office in Sonawar to present a memorandum demanding the return of mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru.

Hundreds of party activists and workers led by Fayaz Ahmad Sodagar, Er Farooq Ahmad Khan, Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi, Manzoor Ahmad Ghazi and Molvi Bashir Ahmad gathered at Sanat Nagar. They were also scheduled to stage protest demonstrations at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. Those arrested included Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi, Sheikh Zahoor Ahmad, Ghulam Muhammad Muqadam, Abdul Ghani, Muhammad Yousuf Mir and others.

Meanwhile, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) mailed a memorandum to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, to seek his interference in facilitating the return of mortal remains of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru who buried in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. The memorandum was also aimed at garnering Ban Ki-moon’s attention towards the situation in Kashmir where Indian state and its forces have unleashed a reign of terror and oppression on pro-freedom leaders and activists.

The memorandum says that Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru are heroes of the Kashmiris and their mortal remains be returned to the Kashmiris for proper burial. A DFP spokesperson in a statement also paid tributes to Raqib Bashir of Zadora, Pulwama, martyred by Indian occupational forces on Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, Mahaz-e- Azadi also organized a protest sit-in at Press Lane in Srinagar. Mohammed Iqbal Mir, Shabbir Ahmad Dar and human rights defender Mohammad Ahsan Untoo led the protest. The protest was held to demand mortal remains of martyred leaders.

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