Harassment, attacks routine for pro-freedom leaders outside Kashmir

SAFEENA WANI
SRINAGAR: A day after MLA Langate, Engineer Andul Rashid, faced an ink attack in New Delhi, the prominent pro-freedom leaders of Kashmir alleged that they are being hounded by rightwing Hindu organisations outside the state ever since BJP came to power.
Democratic Freedom Party chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah, who was detained at Delhi Airport on August 22when he was going to participate in Pak High Commission’s reception party for Sartaj Aziz, said that the past 18 months of prime minister Narendra Modi’s rule has given “much leverage to fringe parties like RSS and Shiv Sena”.
“All these attacks talk about intolerant India under Modi rule,” Shah said. “It is not the same for us to step outside. The fringe elements are more confident today than ever to hound us,” he alleged.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, said he has faced dozens of violent attacks in India’s capital.
“I was the first to face the ink attack in 2003 near Delhi’s Jantar Mantar when I raised cases of disappeared from Kashmir,” Malik said. “And then, I along with my wife and daughter were thrown out of a hotel in the middle of night.”
He said that now he is refused accommodation in every hotel outside Kashmir.
Javid Mir, who is a member of Hurriyat Conference (M) group, said that rightwing Hindu organisations were fearlessly targeting Kashmiris, including students, labourers, businessmen, and pro-freedom leaders, especially after Modi assumed power.
“It is not only in Delhi where Hindutva forces are targeting us,” Mir said. “But in every BJP-ruled state”.
Referring to the attack on Er Rashid, Mir said “such attacks against Kashmiris will only escalate in coming times”.
National Front chairman, Nayeem Khan, said that the attacks on Hurriyat leadership were enough “to conclude that India has become a Hindu extremist country”.
“Modi is talking about secularism but is actually promoting RSS which, in turn, is trying to suppress Muslims in India,” Khan said.

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