SRINAGAR: Strongly reacting over the bill passed in legislative council wherein Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday has been declared as holiday, Huriyat Conference (G) on Wednesday said it is “ridiculous” to legitimise the “despotic” rule of Dogra rulers and that the move is to approve the infamous Treaty of Amritsar.
In a statement issued here, a spokesman of the conglomerate Ayaz Akbar said during the “autocratic” rule of Hari Singh, people were exploited and subjected to “extreme barbarism”. “This is a miserable chapter of history and persons and parties responsible for this are not entitled to any type of esteem and respect.”
“Hari Singh behaved as a dictator and despotic ruler and during his period, hard-earned money was collected as tax from helpless people who were ill-treated and manhandled by his men,” he said.
Akbar said the role played by members of legislature is “strange” and “criminal”. “The legislature members are responsible as they indirectly conferred their consent to this proposal and move,” he said.