SRINAGAR: Anjumani Awqaf Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, on Tuesday said that arresting its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was “acceptance of defeat” by the government of India and state government.
A statement issued here by the body said Mirwaiz was being detained to “deliberately” create a communication gap between him and the people.
“Kashmir’s religious and social circles and the civil society has expressed strong resentment against arresting their religious leader,” it said.
The Anjumani Awqaf also condemned the government for stopping people from offering Friday congregational prayers at Kashmir’s main mosque –Jamia Masjid Srinagar- and other major mosques and shrines for eight consecutive weeks by imposing curfew, restrictions and curbs and using excessive force.
It said “this interference in religious duties” was unacceptable to the people.
Stating that the government had tried all “tricks up its sleeves” by arresting and placing under house arrest Kashmir’s pro-freedom leadership and declaring a “formal war” against the unarmed civilians, the body said, “The killings spree and beating up of people in every village and town of Kashmir was continuing unabated and human rights violations were at their all-time high”.
It said the government was resorting to “such extreme forms of oppression” out of the belief that it would “force the people of Kashmir to give up on their basic right of right to self determination”.
“But these tactics had neither yielded any results for them in the past nor would they bear any fruit in the future,” it said.