Srinagar: Chairman of the Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani continued to remain under house detention and was unable to take part in the Friday prayers for the third time in the month of Ramadan and for the 12th time in 2016. He said that his detention was a human right violation and also “a great sin”.
Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar condemned also the continuing house imprisonment of party secretary-general Shabir Ahmad Shah, whose political activities have been completely banned by the government ever since he joined the Hurriyat.
Terming as state terrorism the imprisonment of JKLF leaders Mohammad Yasin Malik, Bilal Siddiqi, Hakeem Abdul Rasheed and Showkat Ahmad Bakshi in Srinagar central jail and the continuing house imprisonment of Hurriyat (G) deputy secretary-general Haji Ghulam Nabi Sumji, the Hurriyat (G) said that the Tehsildar Srinagar simply leaves the office to avoid the situation when he is approached for their bail.
Demanding the release of all political prisoners in Kashmir, including Masarat Alam Bhat, the Hurriyat (G) said that the RSS-backed PDP government has converted the state into a huge jail and has started a war against the pro-freedom leadership.
The Hurriyat (G) spokesman reminded that during the Omar Abdullah-led government, Mehbooba Mufti used to condemn the house detention of Syed Ali Geelani. But now when she has come into power, she has broken all records of cruelty and oppression and instead of setting Geelani free, she has increased the police force around his residence, the spokesman said.
The Hurriyat (G) statement said that the house detention of Geelani is stricter than before. No media person is allowed to meet him and the policemen standing outside his residence misbehave with any person seen with a camera there, even at times snatching the camera.
The spokesman said that the Mehbooba Mufti government has made extreme types of additions to the detention of Geelani, like the police vehicle which stands blocking the main entrance gate, painted with white colour and looking like an ambulance or mobile clinic because the word ‘Police’ has also been painted white.
The spokesman said that now policemen are not only deployed outside Geelani’s residence but a special police force in civic clothes has been scattered across the mohalla.
The Hurriyat (G) statement said that Geelani has now become more than an individual. He is the symbol of an ideology and the ideology cannot be imprisoned in his house. Every matured and intelligent youth of Jammu & Kashmir is a Geelani now, standing like a rock against the forced occupation of India, the spokesman said.
The Hurriyat (G) spokesman said that human rights organisations and world community leaders who are not taking any serious notice of the illegal and illogical imprisonment of Geelani, are putting a big question mark over their credibility and their silence negates all their claims.