Srinagar: Police on Monday detained dozens of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) activists outside party’s Sanat Nagar headquarters while they tried to march towards the UN office, Sonawar, to present a memorandum demanding the return of mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru.
The party had also planned to hold protest demonstrations in Lal Chowk, a DFP spokesperson said in a statement issued here.
Led by party’s senior leaders, Advocate Fayaz Ahmad Sodagar, Er Farooq Ahmad Khan and Manzoor Ahmad Ghazi, hundreds of DFP activists tried to break cordon but were bundled in police vehicles, he said, adding police detained Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi, Sheikh Zahoor Ahmad, Ghulam Muhammad Muqdam, Abdul Gani, Muhammad Yousuf Mir and others.
Meanwhile, the party mailed a memorandum to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, to seek his interference in facilitating the return of mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru who lie buried in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail.
“The memorandum was also aimed at garnering Ban Ki Moon’s attention towards the situation in Kashmir where Indian state and its forces have unleashed a reign of terror and oppression among the masses and pro-freedom leadership,” the spokesperson said.
Prior to arrest, Advocate Fayaz Sodagar, while talking to media and party workers said, “To fulfill our responsibility, we are demanding the return of mortal remains of our two great martyrs so that their families may perform their last religious rites. Shaheed Maqbool Bhat and Shaheed Afzal Guru are our national heroes and we will continue our demand till their mortal remains are not returned.”
“Nowhere in the world is such enmity harboured against the slain but Indian authorities, by caging the mortal remains of our two martyrs, disrespected all levels of humanity,” he said.
The spokesperson while quoting the memorandum said, “We have always pinned our hopes on UN and its efficacy in resolving the long pending dispute of Kashmir. As a representative of the oppressed and subjugated people of Kashmir, I (Shabir Ahmad Shah), consider UN as a sacred body to which our case be referred for peaceful resolution.”
“Keeping in view the fact, that nowhere in the world, are dead imprisoned, howsoever brute the state be. Your Excellency is expected to use your good office and stress upon the Government of India to return the mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guru so that Kashmiris are allowed to perform the last rites of their beloved martyrs.”