SRINAGAR: The pro-freedom camp on Friday denounced the restrictions imposed in various areas of the city.
They also castigated authorities for placing various pro-freedom leaders under house arrest and detaining many at various police stations.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, who continues to be under house detention, termed the imposition of restrictions and detentions of various pro-freedom leaders as “state terrorism.”
Geelani, who was once again barred from offering Friday congregational prayers, said that the people of Kashmir were not against the Independence Day celebrations of India. “But as long as India continues deny Kashmiris their right to self-determination; it has no legal or moral justification to celebrate its Independence Day here.”
“India shouldn’t extend its ID celebrations to JK,” he added.
He reiterated the shutdown call for August 15 and asked people to observe it as a ‘black day.’
Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who has been placed under house arrest since Thursday, expressed dismay over the imposition of restrictions in many parts of Srinagar.
He, in a statement, also denounced the barring of Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid.
“It is a dictatorial and anti people policy.”
He alleged that by not allowing prayers at Jamia Masjid “in order to conduct few government organized ceremonies”, the government has “played” with the religious sentiments of Kashmiris.
“On the pretext of maintaining so-called peace and security, the government stopped people from offering prayers, which has hurt the feeling of the Muslims of Kashmir and which reflects the dictatorial attitude of the ruling dispensation,” he alleged.
He said that it was contrary to the established democratic values that a country, on one the hand, has “usurped the freedom and rights of self determination of Kashmiris and on the other hand it claims to be democratic thus suppressing the people of Kashmir and their birthright by force.”
A JKLF spokesman, in a statement, also condemned the imposition of restriction in various parts of the city.
He said that police on Friday arrested two more of the party activists within the Kothibagh Police Station were there to meet the incarcerated party chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik.
He said that the duo was later shifted to some jail.
The spokesman condemned the police action and has demanded immediate release of the party chairman and other leaders and activists.