Says NIA harassing his relatives to pressurize him
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has strongly criticized the government for repeatedly putting downtown areas of Srinagar city under curfew and strict restrictions to “harass” the residents and “punish them for their support to the people’s movement”.
In a statement issued here Monday Mirwaiz said that trade and daily activities of the people of the area were severely affected by these “arbitrary and inhuman restrictions” and that it was causing psychological trauma to them.
Referring to the incident at Bahmnoo village of Pulwama in which a young boy, Jehangir Wagay, was grievously injured, Mirwaiz said that CASO operations were becoming a routine, particularly in towns and villages resulting in killing and injuring of civilians by the forces and destruction and damage to the properties of residents. “This is a matter of grave concern and anguish among the masses,” he said.
Mirwaiz added that while people were being targeted by bullets and pellets, resistance leadership, activists, human right groups, intellectuals, newspaper offices, civil society members, and traders were also being targeted and harassed for their association with the people’s movement.
Mirwaiz cited a newspaper report about a data bank prepared by intelligence department about “secessionist” writers, academicians and retired judges.
He said that his family and relatives were being harassed by NIA and summoned to New Delhi for questioning “for the simple reason of being my relatives to build pressure on me”.
“Both my uncles who have been served notices by the NIA are respected retired high level government officers, who have served the people of the state with honesty and integrity. To subject them to harassment and intimidation for being my relatives is painful to me and a highly ignoble act,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz also paid tributes to the two militants Kifayat Ahmed and Jehangir Khanday killed by the forces in Pulwama Monday.