Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Saturday accused the army of harassing its party leader in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
“A senior party member Mohammad Yousuf Lone from Kralpora area of frontier district Kupwara is being called to the local camp every now and then and recently the army took his photograph for unknown reasons,” a Hurriyat (G) spokesman said in a statement.
He said that the attitude of the army was “ambiguous and suspicious” in this regard. “It is a matter of concern and we have decided to bring this issue into the notice of the human rights organizations and we have also started to gather the information and real aim of the army behind this incident,” he added.
The spokesman further said that Lone is prominent pro-freedom leader of the area. “The army stationed in the camp continuously harasses him by calling on his personal phone number and sometimes by come to his shop and by asking him to come to the camp,” he added.
“An army Major of the said camp along with his subordinates raided the house of the pro-freedom leader on July 24and frightened his family members. On the occasion the said army officer interrogated Lone Sahab for about an hour and forced him to answer some irrelevant questions,” he added.
The spokesman said that the army not only prepared a biodata of Lone but also clicked some photographs of him.
While strongly condemning the action of the Indian army, the spokesman expressed its apprehension “that perhaps army wants to harm the leader.”
“They want to threaten him by these actions so that he will suspend his political activities in the area.”