HCJK reiterates shutdown call for G’bal, B’pora

SRINAGAR: The Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir (HCJK) Sunday reiterated the call for shutdown in Ganderbal district and Bandipora on Tuesday—the day of polls in the areas.
“Complete shutdown shall be observed in the areas. Conducting elections by force and against the wishes of the people has no legal and moral justification,” a spokesperson of the amalgam said in a statement here.
Terming the pro-India parties’ statements over resolution of the Kashmir issue as “mere deception” meant to “mislead the masses”, the spokesperson cautioned the people against “sinister designs of the pro-election parties”.
“We shall not forget our martyrs who sacrificed their precious lives for the freedom movement. The people shall realise that these ‘so-called elections’ have no significance after the entire resistance leadership was put behind bars,” he said.
“By completely boycotting the upcoming elections, we have to make it clear to pro-India parties that they can’t mislead us with their ‘Chanakyan’ politics,” he added.
Meanwhile, the amalgam condemned the arrest of Freedom Party’s Zameer Ahmad Sheikh.
“This ‘so-called’ government is so frustrated that after arresting the pro-freedom leadership, it is now hell bent upon arresting the employees as well,” the spokesperson said.
“The state government is suppressing the genuine voice of pro-freedom leaders, but such measures will not deter us from pursuing the goal of freedom neither will they succeed in breaking our resolve,” he added.
Continuing with their poll boycott campaign, the HCJK’s activists distributed anti-election posters in Hajin, Sumbal and the other areas that are going to polls in the first phase of the five-phase elections, the spokesperson said.