Police foils KEA march to UN office; Several members detained

FARZANA SYED. Dated: 8/7/2018 5:00:52 AM

SRINAGAR, Aug 6: Police on Monday disallowed the march of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) towards the United Nations Military Observers office here at Sonawar Srinagar.
The UN march by KEA was called in protest against the efforts to abrogate Article 35A.
Early on Monday, the members of Kashmir Economic Alliance assembled at Residency Road Lal Chowk and tried to march towards UN office in a peaceful way to submit a memorandum to stress upon the government of India to dismiss the petition filed in the Supreme Court of India for abrogation of Article 35A.
To mention KEA is an amalgam of several trade unions of Kashmir Valley.
Carrying placards and banners, that decried the efforts being made to scrape article 35A, the protesting members tried to lead a march towards UN office.
While members tried to march forward police swung into action and detained several KEA members while foiling the march towards UN office.
"Our march was aimed at going to UN office to submit a memorandum to the UN Secretary General for his intervention in the process which is on to bring Kashmir on edge. We are demanding the petition challenging Article 35A should be dismissed and UN should play a genuine role in safeguarding the status of J&K," said Farooq Ahmad of KEA.
The protesting members said that any such efforts to sabotage peace in valley were going to have horrific outcome.
The members of KEA said they were to intensify their protests if there was any fiddling with the special status provided to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
They said any efforts made to scraper article 35A would have terrible repercussions in Kashmir.
"We were holding a peaceful march to UN office so that UN would stress upon the government of India to dismiss the petition filed in the Supreme Court of India challenging Article 35A. However police did not allow us. Not only this our leaders were detained by police. We can move to any extent to safeguard our special status," KEA members said.
The protesting members decried the arrest of KEA members by the police and disallowing their peaceful march.
Pertinently hearing on the petition filed against Article 35A was to be done on Monday by Supreme Court of India. However the hearing was subsequently deferred by Supreme Court.
While the petitions challenging article 35A has caused widespread resentment and anguish across Kashmir valley, Kashmir has witnessed valley wide protests and complete shutdown for two consecutive days in protest against efforts to fiddle with article 35A.



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