Hurriyat demands release of prisoners before Eid

Hurriyat demands release of prisoners before Eid

Demands probe into mysterious killings

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference on Monday accused state administration of implicating political leaders and activists in fictitious cases and demanded immediate release of all pro-freedom leaders and activists ahead of Eid ul Azha.
A spokesperson of the conglomerate in a statement said prisoners including Dr Muhammad Qassim Faktoo, Dr Shafi Shariati, Ghulam Qadir Bhat and 50 others are serving life imprisonment in various jails.
He blamed Mehbooba Mufti for facilitating NIA raids and arresting Shabir Ahmad Shah, Peer Saif ullah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Devender Singh Behal and several traders.
“During people’s uprising in 2016, more than twenty thousand pro-freedom people and activists were arrested and more than five hundred are still detained either in interrogation centers or in different jails,” the spokesperson said and termed the approach of authorities as “sheer extremism”.
He said infamous PSA is being repeatedly slapped on political activists and in most of cases, the detainees were bailed out and their dossiers quashed by judiciary. “However, authorities instead of honouring court orders are ignoring all norms and rules. (The) resistance leadership is being subjected to political vendetta,” he said.
Strongly condemning the detention and shifting of its activist Umar Adil Dar to Central Jail Srinagar, Hurriyat spokesperson said “all these arbitrary measures won’t break our resolve or dampen our resilience and freedom sentiments”.
“Instead of facing Hurriyat leaders on political turf, authorities are resorting to arbitrary measures against political leadership” he said.
“Masarat Alam Bhat, Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori, Amir Hamza Shah, Mohammad Yousuf Lone, Mir Hafeez-Ullah, Mohammad Yousaf Falahee, Abdul Ghani Bhat, Rayees Ahmad Mir, Haji Mohammad Rustam Bhat, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Fahmeeda Sofi, Muhammad Shakeel Yatoo, Mohammad Rafiq Ganai, Abdul Ahad Para, Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, Hakim Showkat Ahmad, Atif Hassan, Irfan Ahmed and several other are languishing in jails since long under the lame excuse of preventive custody,” he said.
Hurriyat Conference appealed to ICRC, Amnesty International and international human rights organisations to take cognisance and use influence for immediate release of all detainees.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat has demanded probe into the killings of Gowher Ahmad (student) and Hilal Ahmad Malik (cable operator) of Shopian district of south Kashmir.
“(The) mysterious and innocent killings should be a matter of concern for us. Various Indian agencies are working in state and mysterious killing (are) being carried under well thought out plan,” Hurriyat said.

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