Lashes out at govt for foiling a seminar, beating up activists
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday accused chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and her colleagues in government of acting like pawns for implementing “RSS agenda in the state”.
He said that Mehbooba seems to have taken a dip in the river Ganga, considered sacred by Hindus.
Geelani’s sharp reaction came after the state government prevented the amalgam to hold a seminar at Hyderpora on Thursday. The authorities launched a crackdown on the Hurriyat activists engaged in preparations for the seminar.
The octogenarian leader warned that banning of the peaceful political activities will have serious repercussions.
“A sharp reaction will follow if hooliganism of police continues,” Geelani said.
Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar said that Mehbooba and her party PDP have completely surrendered before the Sangh Parivar and they take pride in obeying their orders.
“The battle of ideas and goli nahi boli slogans are not even mentioned anywhere and the self-rule had been buried a long time ago,” Akbar said adding, the “BJP is using the state machinery for the implementation of their wicked agendas and the PDP is acting as their agents.”
“The Jammu province is already under the full control of the communal forces and now they want to extend this campaign to the Kashmir Valley,” he added.
“The new phase of the BJP-PDP coalition government had toughened its policies towards the pro-freedom people and they are not given any space to perform the political activities,” Akbar said.
He said scores of pro-freedom people are serving detention under the PSA and others who are out of jail are being hounded by police.
“The officials of the state police are also trying to become more loyal than the king and in that race they have started a war against their own people,” he said.
The amalgam had organized a daylong seminar entitled “Present Situations and Our Responsibilities”.
“It was an academic function which was going to be held within the closed doors. The seminar would have neither influenced the law and order situation nor the traffic management,” Akbar said.
Many pro-freedom leaders and activists who had come to attend the proposed seminar sat on peaceful protest demonstration on the airport road. “But the police used excessive force against them and injured dozens of activists,” he said.
Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), a constituent of Hurriyat (G) termed the government action as the “frustration of the state government.”
“These people before coming to power make huge claims of democracy and freedom of speech and expression but after assuming power show their real face by resorting to worst kind of suppressive and undemocratic means.”