Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (G) on Friday said that its Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani continues to remain under house arrest and that he had now spent 100 days of such detention under the Mufti Sayeed regime. During this period, he was also yesterday stopped from participating in Friday prayers for the 14thtime.
Meanwhile, the pro-freedom group said that on Friday the police also put Tehreek-e-Hurriyat General Secretary Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai under house arrest while senior leaders Mohammad Yousuf Falahi and Nazir Ahmad Mantoo were arrested at Shopian and detained in Zainapora police station. The residence of another Hurriyat leader Mohammad Ashraf Laya was also raided this morning.
The Hurriyat termed the police action as unjustified and undemocratic. In a press release, Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said that Geelani’s political, social, religious and even personal activities have been completely banned. He alleged that the police presence around Geelani’s Hyderpora residence was on Friday increased extraordinarily and the police was closely monitoring visitors.
The Hurriyat spokesman said the government has so far failed to explain under which section and act of law Geelani was being confined to his house and that no court or administrative order had been being produced to justify Geelani’s ‘illegal detention’.
The spokesman expressed surprise that Mufti Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti were silent on Geelani’s continuous detention whereas while they were in the opposition they regularly criticised the Omar Abdullah regime for imprisoning the senior-most pro-freedom leader in his house and not even allowing him to offer Friday prayers.
Akbar said that the Mufti Sayeed government was now “following orders from Nagpur headquarters” while appealing to human rights organisations to take notice of the situation in J&K and ‘use their influence to stop grave human rights violations in this region’.