Srinagar: Pro-freedom leaders Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were detained by the authorities to prevent them from marching towards Kulgam against the call given by joint resistance leadership to march towards South Kashmir’s village here on Wednesday.
According to a party spokesperson, Malik was arrested by police early morning when he was about to leave for Kulgam and was lodged at Police station Kothibagh.
To foil the march, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was also put under house arrest. “He was placed under house detention at his Nigeen residence by the authorities from Tuesday 14 Feb evening,” a Hurriyat spokesperson said.
Malik, Mirwaiz and leaders from senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani led faction of Hurriyat Conference were scheduled to leave for Kulgam together but were prevented by the authorities.
Geelani continues to remain under detention for the past six years at his residence in Hyderpora.
While condemning the spree of arrests, Malik said some days before we heard police authorities saying that peaceful political activities are welcome but within some hours of that statement “we have witnessed police rubbishing its own statements and putting a blanket ban on a totally peaceful political act.”
A JKLF delegation comprising district president Kulgam Abdul Sattar along with Nazir Ahmad, Ghulam Hassan, Malik Maqbool and Jehangeer Ahmad, however, managed to reach Frisal Kulgam and visited the bereaved family of Abdul Majeed Sofi, the party spokesperson added.
An official statement from Mirwaiz led Hurriyat also condemned the government for its actions. “They are not allowing people to grieve and mourn over the loss of innocent lives and express sympathies with the victims by placing severe restrictions on the movement of the people,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that a protest march was taken out from Jamia Masjid Srinagar, which was attended by a number of resistance leaders and workers besides a large number of people but police used excessive force on protestors and stopped them from marching ahead from Khawaja Bazaar, Naqshband Sahab shrine.
Prominent among the Hurriyat leaders and activists who participated in the protest march included Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Muhammad Yasin Bhat, Muhammad Shafi Lone, Muhammad Shafi Khan, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Jaffar Kashmiri and others.