SRINAGAR: The Hurriyat Conference (G) has termed the parliamentary by-election in Srinagar as “force’s drill and drama” alleging the state authorities were creating scare and harassment among the people. In a statement, a Hurriyat spokesman said a large contingent of forces personnel have been deployed in poll bound areas and almost all leaders and activists from the ‘resistance camp’ have been arrested. “The arrest spree and placing resistance leaders under house arrest is extreme vandalism and coercion. This is martial law like situation,” the spokesman said.
Hurriyat said that authorities placed Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Omer Farooq, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayem Ahmad Khan, Peer Saif ullah, Mohammad Altaf Shah, Raja Meraj-u-Din, Mohammad Ashraf Laya and Ayaz Akbar under house arrest.
While as Mohammad Yasin Malik is detained in Srinagar Central Jail and Hakim Abdur Rashid, Tashooq Ahmad Bandey, Mohammad Amin Ahangar, Mohammad Yusuf Makroo, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Bashir Ahmad Budgami, Omer Adil Dar, Javed Ahmad Gazi and hundreds of other activists are either lodged in jail or in police stations.
Hurriyat said that authorities were creating horrendous situations in poll bound areas and police were continuously chasing youth. “It is sheer vandalism,” said the spokesman adding that amidst harassment and arrests, the elections were mere drama and fraud.
Hurriyat claimed authentic and confirmed reports that contestant parties have decided to utilize services of mobile voters.
Reports from different poll bound areas say that families of arrested youngsters have been asked to participate in elections otherwise the detained youth will be booked under PSA. Reliable sources said that contesting parties have agreed to share votes through bogus means and agreed not to raise objections over mobile voters.