First anniversary 2014 flood: Pro-freedom camp denounces curbs, says govt ‘crushing dissent’ to hide inefficiency

First anniversary 2014 flood: Pro-freedom camp denounces curbs, says govt ‘crushing dissent’ to hide inefficiency

SRINAGAR: The pro-freedom camp on Monday condemned the restrictions imposed by the government in many areas of Srinagar.
They also denounced curbs on their movement and the various trade leaders.
Condemning the government action, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, in a statement, said “these illegal and undemocratic acts” have exposed the rulers here.
“It proves that PDP-BJP government can go to any extent against the people of Kashmir. These oppressive acts have also proved the Mufti-led government has no respect for democracy and peace,” he added.
Malik said that by these arrests, restrictions, curfew and other “oppressive measures”, the present dispensation has “broken all previous records of suppression”.
Malik also condemned the police action against the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation members who were protesting at Lal Chowk. He said by imposing the curbs, government was ‘hiding its inefficiency’ to rehablitate the flood victims.
Hurriyat Conference (G) also condemned the curbs put in place by the authorities on Monday.
“Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has become a mere’ show boy’ while the state is run by Indian home ministry.Nothing can happen here without their permission and they consider it their service to the national cause when they harm, harass or hurt Kashmiris,” a Hurriyat (G) spokesman said in a statement.
He added police on Monday detained Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat general secretary, Ayaz Akbar, secretary public relations, Altaf Ahmad Shah, district president Srinagar and Ganderbal, Raja Mehraj-ud-din and district president Islamabad, Mir Hafizullah and several others, party spokesman said.
The statement read that the residences of several Hurriyat leaders including Islamic Political Party chief Mohammad Yousuf Naqash were raided by the police and every attempt was made to detain them.
“On one hand, the entire nation was remembering the bitter and harsh memories of the last year’s disastrous floods and on the other hand Mufti Sayeed is busy in arresting people which reflects that he has nothing to do with the miseries and hardships of the common people and he wants to use force against every issue,” spokesman said.
He added that Monday’s program was not a political one but aimed to raise the issues faced by the people over the delay in the relief package. “The government couldn’t tolerate even such events and besides officials of the different trade organizations, it also detained dozens of pro-freedom leaders and banned their peaceful programs,” spokesman said.
He said that the status of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is just of a ‘show boy’ and the state is directly ruled by the Indian home ministry. “Nothing can happen here without their permission and they consider it their service to the national cause when they harm, harass or hurt Kashmiri,” spokesman added.
Huriyat Conference (M) on Monday termed the detention of its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and raiding the houses of several leaders of the amalgam as ‘political terrorism’, saying the government has failed to provide succor to flood hit people of Kashmir.
The amalgam said the crushing of peaceful protests of traders community bears testimony to the fact that not only the government is resorting to oppressive and dictatorial measures and that it has failed in relief and rehabilitation of flood hit people.
“It is cruel joke being played by drum beating the facade of relief measures by the government while in reality it has not only failed but is crushing logical protests against its inefficiency,” Hurriyat (M) spokesman said.