SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) Friday called for complete shutdown across the Valley against the killing of Tral youth and detention of party leader Masrat Alam Bhat.
The strike call was given by chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Friday.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar condemned the house detention of Geelani and other leaders.
Geelani along with other party leaders was put under house detention on Thursday evening to prevent him from visiting Tral area of south Kashmir. Geelani had called for ‘Tral Chalo’ on April 17.
In a statement, Akbar termed house detention of party leaders and the arrest of Masarat Alam Bhat along with restrictions on the Tral chalo march as “state terrorism.” “Killing of an innocent civilian and then not allowing mourning his death is the worst kind of human rights violations and it depicts the actual picture of lawlessness prevailing in the state.”
He further said that if there would have been any reality in the “so-called pro-Kashmir stance” of Mufti Sayeed, he should have taken the responsibility of the Tral killings and should have registered a strong protest in New Delhi against it.
“ But contrary to this he not only showed flippant response to this killing but he also put strict restrictions over the scheduled protest march called against this grave issue and also prevented the people to express their condolence with the bereaved families,” he added.
He said that Mufti Sayeed wanted to befool the general public by his “sweet words” and was trying to project himself as a “pro-Kashmir” politician. “But the innocent killings in Tral at the hands of Indian forces and his poor response to this inhuman act miserably exposed him and his claims before the public,” he said.
Akbar said that it also vindicated the stand of Hurriyat (G) that the change of governments will change nothing on the ground as far as Kashmir issue was concerned. “Mufti’s battle of Ideas and Goli Nahi Boli like slogans seems to have dried up and he has adopted the policy of previous Omar Abdullah led government with regard to the pro-freedom people,” he added.
Meanwhile, National Front spokesman also condemned the house detention of party chairman Nayeem Khan.
In a statement, the spokesman said that Khan was placed house detention on Friday and was not allowed to reach Safapora, Bandipora where he was scheduled to address a public meeting. House detentions and arrests of the genuine political leadership are done to quell the ongoing freedom movement.”