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Pro-freedom slogans welcome all-party delegation members in Kashmir

September 21, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): Srinagar: Some members of the all-party peace delegation visited Tangmarg in Kashmir today. The delegation, including Home Minister P Chidambaram, met with people form the area, which saw some of the worst violence recently.

Earlier some of the members visit hospitals in city to meet injured persons.

The moment they reached SMHS hospital in Srinagar, scores of attendants assembled and raised-pro-freedom slogans.

Some attendants  told Agence India Press over on phone that they had just met two patients and things started going “worse” for them as dozens of attendants including women raised-pro freedom slogans.

As curb continuing on the local media in Kashmir, national media was also stopped from carrying out their professional duties.

Correspondents of national newspapers and channels like The Hindu, Economic Times, Sahara, BBC, and a wire service, PTI were stopped from entering into the SMHS hospital, where all-party delegation was scheduled to arrive to meet the injured. However, they were stopped by the police and security men on the pretext that they can’t go inside the hospital as there are no orders. It may be recalled that local media has already been gagged in Kashmir as no newspaper is being published since Eid-ul Fitr.

Meanwhile, Kashmir continues under stringent curfew for the 9th consecutive day with heavy deployment of police and CRPF men on the streets to thwart any protest.

There is no relaxation in curfew despite the fact that the 39-member all -party delegation led by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is in Kashmir to assess the ground situation. Nobody is allowed to venture out on roads.

LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan today met Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani at his residence here and voiced concerns over the security of minorities living in the Kashmir Valley.

During the meeting, Geelani raised the issue of killings of civilians in Kashmir.

Paswan assured the Hurriyat leader that he will raise the issue of sufferings of the people of Kashmir in Parliament.

Meanwhile, Muslim Majlis MP Assaduddin Owaisi, who had yesterday met Geelani, today called on Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence.

The all-party team led by Union home minister P Chidambaram is in the state to assess the ground situation against the backdrop of unabated unrest that has claimed over 107 lives in the last three months. The delegation will fly to Jammu later in the day. (AIPTV)

Sofi Iqbal,  Agence India Press

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