Authorities have created martial law like situation after election notification: Geelani
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) said police raided the Hyderpora-based headquarters of the resistance grouping on Saturday to foil a scheduled meeting of pro-freedom leaders.
The statement issued by Hurriyat (G) said police surrounded the office and office bearers and visitors were not allowed to enter the premises.
Several resistance leaders were scheduled to meet at Hyderpora to discuss the strategy about upcoming parliamentary elections.
A Hurriyat (G) spokesman condemned the house arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah and Mohammad Ashraf Laya.
They also condemned the arrest of JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik.
The statement said the Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani continues to remain under house arrest.
Speaking over the arrests of pro-freedom leadership, Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani stated that restricting and arresting pro-freedom leadership “reflects the sheer frustration of the government.”
He said that the process of elections has “been reduced to a mere drama being enacted by the state and the whole process is being scandalised through deceitful means”.
Geelani said the Supreme Court of India has ruled that the participation of people in elections is neither compulsory nor does “the campaign for poll boycott comes within the domain of any offence”.
“However soon after the notification for elections are announced, authorities create martial law like situation here,” Geelani said.
“We believe in the right to freedom and expression and won’t thrust our opinion about poll boycott. However, we will approach people and ask them to stay away from these manipulated elections,” he added.
“We should be allowed to avail the right to reach people. When the contesting candidates are not barred from campaigning then why the resistance leadership is being stopped from highlighting their views on the sham polls,” said Geelani.