Scores of TeH activists led by senior leader Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai staged a sit-in near the Jamia Masjid, Hyderpora, after police foiled the party’s convention near the residence cum office of Geelani, witnesses told Kashmir Reader. Police had sealed off the venue early morning to prevent Geelani from holding the convention.
“The agitated Hurriyat leaders and activists assembled on the Airport road and staged sit-in to register their anger against the curbs. However, police came in charging and used teargas canisters, waters cannons and batons to disperse the protesters,” witnesses said.
Police, they said, arrested Sehrai and scores of TeH activists evoking sharp reaction from the protesters.
“Angry protesters engaged the policemen by hurling stones at them. The clashes also disrupted the movement of traffic on the busy highway,” witnesses said.
According to witnesses, over a dozen people, including a few policemen have been injured in the ding-dong battles.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar has condemned the police action and termed it as an example of the “state sponsored terrorism”. He said that police used “brute force” on the supporters, who had come from different parts of the Valley to attend the convention.
“It was a convention of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat not a public rally,” Akbar said.
He said that police had laid a siege around the venue and the office-cum-residence of Geelani early morning to scuttle the convention. He said police also intercepted the TeH activists, who were on way to Hyderpora.
“New Delhi is calling shots in Kashmir. On the directions of Ajit Doval, our party convention was foiled. Mufti Syed, a puppet Chief Minister is being bypassed by his masters in New Delhi, who rule the state,” Akbar said.