Top separatists, Syed Alishah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik on Thursday called for shutdown and protests in the valley on Friday against the army chief rewarding Major Leetul Gogoi, who had used a youth as human shield in Kashmir.

These separatists urged the people to stage “peaceful” protests against the “inhuman act” of the army officer. It vindicates our claim that India is following fascist dogma and acting as a colonial state, said resistance leadership in their joint statement.

Appealing human rights organizations, ICJ and Amnesty International for their cognizance and impressed to fulfill their responsibilities in saving precious lives.

They blamed Indian leadership for their “dictatorial behavior” and said that their forces are involved in war crimes against civilians. Life and dignity of civilians is at stake, said leadership and while calling it state sponsored terrorism, said that awarding erring officer for this ‘inhuman and unjustified act’ vindicates our claim that forces are involved in war crimes and are patronized and encouraged by Indian leadership.

They alleged that the state has been turned into a high militarized zone and as such India has no legal claim over state instead it is a forcible occupation which they are retaining through its military might, said they.