Srinagar: Senior leader of Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir (KCJK) and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah, who was on way to Jammu from Srinagar, was on Friday detained by police at Batote.
In a statement, a HCJK spokesperson while strongly condemning the arrest said, “If government believes that by arresting Shah, they can suppress the freedom movement and can create obstacles in way of finding solution to Kashmir issue, it is committing a serious blunder.”
“The only and only motive of arresting peoples’ leaders is to keep them away from reaching out to people,” the statement said, adding “This vindicates our stand that government is scared of competing with its political opponents, hence suppressing them via any means.”
“The government of India and its state collaborators should understand that Shabir Shah spent major part of his life in Indian jails and interrogations centers, still the freedom movement is gaining momentum with each passing day,” the spokesperson said.
He said that Shah was to visit Jammu province to discuss the ongoing consultations vis-à-vis HCJK with DFP activists in Jammu, Udhampur, Kishtwar, Doda, Rajouri, Bhaderwah and Poonch.
“He also had to deliberate on the prevalent political situation of Jammu and Kashmir with party activists there and to aware them of their responsibilities towards the freedom movement,” the statement added.