Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (G) has accused the government of using recent arrest spree and night raids as a means to force people into voting in the upcoming by poll, the party spokesperson said.
“Under well thought plans administration is creating a scare and appalling situation so that people are left with no option but to cast vote under such circumstances,” the spokesperson said.
Taking a dig at the state for unleashing “fresh arrest spree against resistance leaders and activists”, the spokesperson added, “as soon as dates for sham election were announced, police arrested top APHC leadership including those from the Tehreek-e-Huriyat.”
“They are detaining activists during night raids in Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Islamabad, and police and forces personnel in villages are harassing people during patrolling. Dozens of youth from different localities in Srinagar were arrested in night raids and lodged in police stations,” he stated.
The pro-freedom conglomerate also condemned the government’s refusal to allow its chairman Syed Ali Geelani to offer Friday prayers.
“Stopping pro-freedom leaders from performing their religious responsibilities is gross violation of human rights and interference in the personnel and religious rights,” the party spokesperson added.
The Huriyat Conference, in its statement, also condemned the detention of JKLF chief Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Several other top separatist leaders, including Huriyat general secretary, Shabir Ahmad Shah, general secretary Tehreek-Huriyat, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayem Ahmad Khan, Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Meraj-u-Din, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Mohammad Yusuf Mir and Syed Imtiyaz Hyder have been either arrested or put under house arrest.
Meanwhile, the pro-freedom camp also condemned the re-arrest of senior resistance leader Masarat Alam.