SRINAGAR: The Hurriyat Conference (G) on Tuesday said the pro-freedom conglomerate was receiving complaints of extortion by the police from families of youths arrested in nocturnal raids across the city. “Some parents of the arrested youths complained that the police is demanding hefty amounts as penalty for the release of their wards, otherwise they were warned PSAs would be slapped against them,” a Hurriyat spokesman said in a statement issued here on Tuesday evening.
The spokesman said that with the onset of the holy month of Ramadan, the police have started a crackdown against youths in many areas of downtown. He said dozens of innocent students have been arrested and detained in different police stations where they were being subjected to the “worst kind of custodial torture”.
“Many youths have gone underground to evade arrest but the police are continuously harassing their families. They are being warned of arrest in case they fail to produce their children before police,” the spokesman said. “Scores of youths of Nawakadal, Rajouri Kadal, Kawdara and Zaina Kadal areas have been locked up in different police stations since the last 15 days. However, no case is registered against them,” he added.
The spokesman also expressed concern over the renewed process of crackdowns by the Indian army in different villages of Pulwama district where people are forced to wait in long queues for hours and then paraded in a ‘humiliating way’. “This 90s like situation has created fear among the common people of those areas. Many people have stopped attending late night Ramadan prayers at masjids,” the spokesman said.
“Since the inception of the PDP-BJP alliance, the human rights violations have shown an increasing trend and a war-like situation has been created from Jammu to Srinagar against the common people,” he added. The spokesman demanded the release of all the arrested youths and other political prisoners before Eid.