SRINAGAR: Expressing concern over the arrests being made by police, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) chairperson Muhammad Yasin Khan on Sunday asked the chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, to end “unleashing a reign of terror” in the “already-bleeding” Valley.
“While Kashmir is mourning the worst-ever humanitarian crises, the government has furthered the terror through arrest spree being undertaken by police,” Khan, who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation, said in a statement issued here.
He said the police station stations have been “turned into torture cells” in which the youth were being “tortured on the instructions of the PDP-led government”.
“Being also the home minister, Mehbooba Mufti is behind this all. Legally and logically speaking, police is acting but on her instructions, though tomorrow she may feign ignorance of this atrocity too.”
Khan said that police continued to raid residential areas mostly at midnight even after “200” youth have been arrested already.
“This means that the state government is hell bent to subject the people to terror day and night. During day, it is curfew, firing, pellet guns, and pepper gas while police raids give sleepless nights,” Khan said. “Government is killing people from all sides.”
“Do our children have no right to mourn the killings or to protest the atrocities? Kashmir is facing the worst-ever rights abuse. The international community must take note of this,” he said.
Khan cautioned that the use of “more brute force” would worsen the things.
“Let me remind the PDP-BJP government that Kashmir is a resilient nation. The more you crush us, the more we rise,” he said.
He said that instead of taking measures to resolve the political dispute, New Delhi was “pampering” the PDP-led coalition by giving them “unbridled powers” to “crush the people of Kashmir”.
He also condemned the continuous detention of JKLF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik.