Shabir Shah, others detained on way to south Kashmir

Srinagar: Police on Wednesday detained senior leaders of Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir to prevent them from visiting the twin districts of Shopian and Kulgam to express sympathy with the families of the two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants who were slain in an encounter with troops on Sunday.
A delegation led by Shabir Ahmad Shah, Muslim Conference chairman Shabir Ahmad Dar and Islamic Political party chairman Muhammad Yusuf Naqash, Ajaz Ahmad Mir of JKLF-R and Muhammad Yasin Ataai were detained by police at Pampore when they were on way to Shopian and Kulgam to express solidarity with the families of LeT militants Ishfaq Ahmad Bhat and Zubair Ahmad Bhat, a HCJK spokesman said in a statement.
However, Bilal Ahmad and other Hurriyat activists, the spokesman said, gave slip to police and succeeded in reaching Shopian and Kulgam. The delegation also expressed solidarity with the bereaved families.
In their address, the HCJK leaders said the “freedom movement has got a new spirit and dimension due to the invaluable sacrifices rendered by the Ishfaq and Zubair.”
“They said the sacrifices will bear fruit and will eventually free the nation from the clutches of tyrant oppressors,” the spokesman said
Condemning the arrest of leaders, the spokesperson warned government of serious repercussion if Hurriyat leadership is prevented from meeting people and expressing solidarity with them.
“The delegation had to go to Shopian to fulfil its religious obligation but the arrests were totally unjustified. Such acts on part of government are detrimental to the peaceful atmosphere of the region. Kashmir is a political issue which needs a political solution,” the spokesperson said, adding, “To suppress the political opponents by force is extremely condemnable.”