ISLAMABAD (APP): Indian police arrested Dukhtaran-e- Millat Chairperson Aasiya Andrabi along with party leader Fahmeeda Sofi in Kralkhud area Srinagar Indian occupied Kashmir and shifted them to unknown place.
According to KMS, authorities arrested Aasiya Andrabi and Fahmeeda Sofi to prevent them from leading anti-India women rallies. However, hundreds of women defied restrictions and held forceful rallies across the Kashmir Valley.
One such pro-freedom rally was organized in Sopore. The rally started from Jamia Masjid Sopore and culminated at Khanqah. The participants were carrying Pakistani flags, placards and banners with freedom messages and slogans.
Participants of a freedom rally marched on the streets in Batamaloo area of Srinagar . Clashes erupted in the area when men in uniform lobbed teargas shells.
Scores of women also held pro-freedom rallies in Bijbehara and Tral areas of South Kashmir's Islamabad and Pulwama districts.
Women first gathered in Jamia Masjid Bijbehara and speakers from Dukhtaran-e-Millat emphasized the need of unity for continuation of resistance struggle. Later, they took out a procession at Martyrs' graveyard. In Tral and Dadsara areas of Pulwama district, separate women rallies were held. Indian forces resorted to teargas shelling at the rally near bus stand in Tral.
However, women gathered again near Batnag where they were subjected to brute torture by the forces resulting in injuries to many. The women gathered again and held the rally.
Meanwhile, Dukhtaran-e-Millat leader Nahida Nasreen in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemning the arrest of Aasiya Andrabi said that her arrest could not break the party's resolve to fight for the freedom of Kashmir from Indian occupation.