In occupied Kashmir, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani and other pro-movement leaders and organizations have strongly denounced the arrest of youth and assault on women by Indian police during a crackdown at Bemina in Srinagar. According to Kashmir Media Service, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar urged people to stage massive protests during the police crackdowns to foil the arrest of youth. "During crackdown, people should collectively take to streets, stage protests and foil attempts of police and troopers to arrest the youth. Males should be at the forefront of the protests and they must protect the women," he said. The veteran leader warned that if the crackdowns were not stopped, the protests would be intensified. He said that during the crackdown at Bemina, senior police officers including the concerned DSP, SHO and CRPF troopers assaulted the women. "The ongoing agitation is proving to be a source of frustration for the authorities. They have failed to suppress it even after killing innocents and imposing curfews and restrictions," he said. Syed Ali Gilani deplored that New Delhi was repeating the blunders adding that lingering the Kashmir dispute would have serious repercussions. Commenting on the decision of the puppet administration to provide 50,000 jobs through so-called legislators, the veteran leader said that it was a trap. "By providing job to the people, the administration won't be doing any favour to Kashmiris as it is their right. By involving legislators in the process, it has become a mere political gimmick and youth should remain aware of the trap," he added. Meanwhile, the President of All India Shrimoni Akali Dal, Professor Jaswant Singh Mann, met Syed Ali Gilani. On the occasion, the Hurriyet leader told him that Sikhs were integral part of the Kashmiri society and the letters asking members of the Sikh community to leave Kashmir were handiwork of the Indian intelligence agencies to divert attention from the civilian killings in the Valley. On the other hand, the Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi in a statement in Srinagar took strong exception to the assault on women and arrest of youth at Bemina and other areas by Indian Police. She urged the Bar to extend legal aid to arrested youth as a special case. She prayed for speedy recovery of Syed Ali Gilani. She also expressed concern over the deteriorating health of the President of High Court Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom and demanded his immediate shifting to hospital. "If anything untoward happened to Mian Qayoom authorities will be responsible for it," she said. Hurriyet leaders, Yasmeen Raja, Muhammad Abdullah Tari, Farida Behenji, Jammu and Kashmir National Front, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League and Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami in their separate statements also flayed the police for misbehaving with women and arresting youth at Bemina in Srinagar. The statements said that such tactics could not suppress Kashmiris' just struggle for right to self-determination.