SRINAGAR: The pro-freedom camp has “strongly” condemned the use of “excessive” force against civilians and ransacking of properties during massive crackdown by army and government forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Thursday.
In a statement issued here, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani said authorities have “let loose the reign of terror” and instead of making these elements (forces) accountable for their wrongdoings, are being encouraged.
He blamed police for “declaring war on civilians” and said they are pursuing the “agenda of Indian forces”. “Police is manhandling civilians and acting as harsh as Indian forces. Police men are part of this society and should not indulge in such brutal activities,” he said.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement termed the operation as announcement of war by the government of India against Kashmiris.
Mirwaiz said the ransacking of houses and spreading “fear and terror” among the residents in Shopian was condemnable in all terms.
He also denounced the use of “brutal force” against students in Srinagar, Sopore, Pulwama and other places and arrests of many among them saying such actions by government forces was “worst form of state-sponsored terrorism”.
“Extreme state repression in all forms further pushes the youth to resist and stand up against injustice,” Mirwaiz said.
He also slammed the section of Indian electronic media and said it “smacked of hypocrisy” as the media was becoming partial and “hiding the crimes of the state”.
“Instead of reporting the human rights violations and excesses committed by the state, the section of Indian media is justifying the atrocities and undemocratic and inhuman policies adopted by the state which reflects their double standards,” the Hurriyat (M) chairman said.
Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said, “Crackdowns, hooliganism, vandalising of villages, beating and terrorising people will never succeed in breaking the will of Kashmiris”.
Meanwhile, terming the operation as “glaring example of a state being at war against common people”, JKLF leaders and activists held a peaceful protest rally at Lal Chowk, Srinagar. They along with hundreds of people marched towards Budshah Chowk and held a peaceful sit-in there. Many leaders addressed people on the occasion.
Terming the crackdown as “a ploy to terrorise people and force them into submission”, Malik said people of Kashmir have witnessed and bravely faced these kind of “oppressive” measures from last many decades.
JKLF chairman also condemned the teargas shelling and firing on students in Sopore and Budgam and termed it as “ugly face of Indian oppression”.
He also termed Indian news channels as “foot soldiers of Indian oppression” in Kashmir and said the way these news channels and their anchors are behaving and acting against Kashmiris and Muslims shows they have sold their conscience to RSS fascism.
“Glamorising oppression and demonising the oppressed has become the main job of Indian media especially the majority of news channels. These biased media persons instead of behaving as proxies to men in uniform should themselves put on military uniforms against Kashmiris and Muslims,” Malik said.
Slamming PDP for Thursday’s army operation, the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) secretary general Moulana Abdullah Tari said, “The so-called rulers should bear in mind that people have out-rightly rejected the puppets of Delhi. People will never forgive PDP for waging war against them. They still remember the dramas this party used to enact before it received power in charity from New Delhi.”
He said PDP by entering into “unholy” alliance with BJP has proven its government to be the most “useless” and “selfish” as “for power it turned the whole State into a virtual jail and used worst kind of oppression against students.”
Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) said the motive behind the operation was to terrorise the people of the district and muzzle the voices of right to self-determination that have gained strength over the last few months.
In a statement, DeM secretary general Nahida Nasreen saluted the “brave hearts” of the district. “India has waged a war against the civilian population in Kashmir,” she said.
Condemning the use of force against students in north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Sopore district, Nasreen said people are openly demanding for “an end to occupation”.
In a statement, Chairman JKLF (R) Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bita Karate while condemning use of force against civilians and students said, “Delhi and its stooges are a frustrated lot”.
He expressed anguish over the reports of thrashing civilians and ransacking properties and vehicles in Shopian villages. “The administration is taking revenge from people as they were rejected during recent sham elections,” Karate said.