Srinagar: Alleging that the NIA raided the house of Advocate Mohammad Shafi Reshi to “torture, humiliate and pressurise him and to force him to give up his support to the freedom struggle”, the Kashmir Bar Association on Wednesday held protests against the fresh NIA raids at 12 locations in the valley.
To show their solidarity with Reshi and to register their protest against the raids, the Bar abstained from court work for the day and also held a protest demonstration outside the High Court premises.
“Bar demanded that in order to bring an end to the grave human rights violations being committed in Kashmir, the International Community should play its role and ask India to give up the policy of harassment, intimidation, torture, humiliation, arresting, blinding and killing of innocent Kashmiris,” a statement issued by the lawyers’ body said.
Reshi is an Executive Member of the Bar Association “and a pro-freedom activist, who has all along pleaded the cause of the people, both inside and outside the court”, said the statement.
“Earlier the NIA officials had conducted a similar raid on the house of another member of the Bar Association, Shahid-ul-Islam,” the statement added.
The Bar said that the TADA/POTA courts at Jammu and Srinagar have both been designated as NIA courts, “but despite the availability of an NIA Court at Srinagar, Shahid-ul-Islam and many other pro-freedom activists whose houses were also raided by NIA, were taken to Delhi and produced before an NIA Court over there, only to tease, torture and harass them, physically and mentally, and bring them as well as their family members under pressure so that they give up their support to the cause of freedom of people of Kashmir,” the Bar said.
“On 4th of August, 2017, Zahid Ali Lone, another advocate and member of the Bar Association was arrested when he was coming back after offering his condolence to the family members of a youth, who was killed by the Indian forces. He continues to be in unlawful detention in a police station at Damalhanjipora, Kulgam,” the Bar said.
The Bar also said that police have arrested Dukhataran-i-Millat (DeM) Secretary General Nahida Nasreen, during the dead of the night, a day before, “which is not permissible under law”.
“She after interrogation has been lodged in Women’s police station Rambagh, Srinagar, where no one is allowed to meet her,” the statement informed. “Under law, no women can be arrested before sunrise or after sunset, but in the case of Nahida Nasreen, the said cardinal principle of law has not been complied with.”