Srinagar: The pro-freedom groups on Friday termed the arrest of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students including its student’s union president, Kanhaiya Kumar besides registering of sedition charges against others as “undemocratic”.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, in a statement issued here, said such action by government is against the democratic claims of India and the freedom of expression and has no constitutional and legal justification.
“The students of JNU held a peaceful protest demonstration to express their solidarity with the Kashmiri nation is not any crime. Many prominent leaders and human rights activists of India had raised questions over the secret hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru and had termed that a ‘judicial murder’. In this perspective, if the JNU students also expressed their concern, how can it be termed as a crime?” Geelani said.
Chairman, Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq termed it “undemocratic and reflection of negative policies of the people who claim to be saviors of the freedom of speech”.
“The police reaction is uncalled for. The organisers were in no way involved in any illegal activity,” Mirwaiz said in a statement issued here.
Terming the protests by JNU students as “eye-opener” for India, Chairman Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Shah said protests demanding the return of mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru are a “good-omen for our freedom movement”.