Srinagar: “Under well thought-out plans, the administration is creating a scare and an appalling situation in every nook and corner of the state, harassing people to ensure their participation in the upcoming by-polls,” said the APHC in a statement released on Sunday.
The statement said that the resistance leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohamad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Meraj-ud-Din, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Omer Adil Dar and several others has been arrested or placed under house arrest.
The statement said that people are terrified as the police have launched a massive crackdown against youth in south and central Kashmir by arresting hundreds of youth. “Forces and police personnel are blindly chasing youth, nocturnal raids continue to hunt students. Police are detaining them on false grounds and are forcing youth to go underground. State authorities have launched a fresh hunt to nab all those who were arrested during people’s uprising in 2016. More forces have been deployed to create appalling and tedious situation and forces are continuously patrolling day and night in villages of Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama,” the statement said.
The statement said the police act like “armed cowards” to break the will of freedom and are chasing even the relatives of “wanted persons”.
“We have enough proof and full details and can say with authenticity that the police in order to pressurise families are arresting their relatives or family members,” the statement said.
“People are caged and forced to participate in manipulated elections,” the APHC said and asked state authorities to set free all resistance leaders and activists, and let them share their views with people.
“We are sure people will stay away from these sham elections and an unprecedented poll boycott will be observed by the electorate,” said the APHC statement.