Khan Sopori completes 19 years in jail
Srinagar, July 03, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, illegally detained senior Hurriyet leader, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori, has completed 19 years in jail. Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori’s started his political career in 1963 at the age of 14. He was jailed for the first time in 1969 for leading a demonstration to press the demand for right to self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
On August 19, 1969, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori was hit in his leg in firing by the Indian police on protesters, another protestor died on spot. In 1974, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League was formed after different resistance group joined hands and Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori was appointed as district Baramulla President.
In 1975, Khan Sopori along with Abdul Razaq Butt and Ghulam Muhammad Bulla led a demonstration against Indra-Abdullah accord in Sopore. Police resorted to teargas shelling and aerial firing to disperse the protesters and Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori was injured again. His friend Ghulam Muhammad Bulla was arrested and died in custody due to torture.
In 1976, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori was again arrested and sent to Kathua Jail for six months. In 1993, he was elected first time chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League. In the recent years, he was arrested from Sopore town graveyard on February 15, 2017, during a function to pay tributes to Ghulam Muhammad Bulla on his martyrdom anniversary. Bulla’s death in custody is said to be the first custodial killing in occupied Kashmir.
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