Sheikh Abdul Aziz3
Facilitated Unification of Hurriyat
Only days before his assassination, Aziz was instrumental in bringing the two factions of the Hurriyat Conferencetogether, forging a common Kashmiri response to the SASB controversy and therefore was seen unfavourably byboth the local pro-Indian administration and the Indian state.
On 11 August 2008 the
call was given by the Hurriyat Conference and some otherorganisations against the 'economical blockade' of Kashmir valley by Indian Hindu fundamentalists. Processionswere taken out from various areas across the valley. Sheikh Aziz and Shabbir Shah were leading the march fromSopore towards the de facto border with Pakistan, when their rally was stopped by the massive force of police andarmy at Chala, near Boniyar, Baramullah. Indian Paramilitary Forces opened fire at Chahal, 25 km away from theborder town of Uri, to disperse the massive march. Sheikh Abdul Aziz along with many others were injured. All thecritically injured were shifted to Srinagar's SMHS hospital, where Shiekh Abdul Aziz succumbed to injuries. He wasburied in Marty's Graveyard in Eidgah, Srinagar on 12 August 2008.
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