J&K passing through martial law like situations: Geelani

Srinagar: Chairman of Tehreek-e-Huriyat Syed Ali Shah Geelani said ON Thursday that the new chapter of BJP-PDP coalition government had broken all the previous records of banning “the freedom of expression” and the state is practically passing through the martial law like situations.
Strongly condemning the continued detention of the leader Mir Hafizullah despite the court ordering of his release, Geelani expressed his deep concern over the reports that interference of the local pro-Indian politicians are preventing his release and police is blindly extending his illegal detention.
Geelani also demanded immediate release of all the political prisoners including Masarat Alam Bhat, Ameer Hamzah Shah, Mohammad Yousuf Lone, Manzoor Ahmad, Mohammad Amin Parray, Nasir Abdullah, Hakeem Showkat, Assadullah Parray, Mehraj-ud-din Nanda and Zubair Ahmad Turray.
According to a press statement, the state High Court had quashed the PSA of Mir Hafizullah some 15 days back and had issued his release orders but immediately after his release from the Srinagar central jail, he was again arrested by the police, who took him to CIK Srinagar and then shifted him to the Mattan police station, where from he is not being released.
The statement alleged that a local pro-Indian politician of the ruling party in Anantnag is preventing the release of Mir Hafizullah and he is pressurizing the police to invoke another PSA against him. While expressing his deep concern over this, Geelani said that it is sheer political vengeance and the police are illegally detaining Mir Hafizullah under political pressure.