SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership has condemned the detention of pro-freedom leaders and slammed authorities for imposing restrictions on the condolence meeting it had called in memory of ‘Budgam martyrs’.
The resistance leaders had decided to hold a condolence meeting after Friday prayers at Behishti Zehra Park, Budgam and express condolence with the families of eight youth killed on April 9, the day central Kashmir went to polls.
As per a statement issued here, Chairman of Anjuman-e- Sharie Shiaan Aga Syed Hassan was placed under house arrest on Thursday night while as Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Peer Saifullah, Raja Meraj u Din, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Ayaz Akbar, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder and Umar Adil Dar are already detained at their residences or in police stations.
“The headquarters of Hurriyat Conference and Tehreek-e- Hurriyat have been sealed and nobody is allowed to enter the office,” the statement said.
It said police also arrested Mohammad Imran (DPM) Mohammad Amin (TeH), Mohammad Haneef, and Owais Rashid from Hurriyat headquarters.
In a statement, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik termed these “arbitrary arrests” as “state terrorism” and said restriction on condolence programme is unjustified.
Criticising authorities for “highhandedness”, the resistance leaders said that authorities are “choking the genuine voices”. “Indian forces under a well-thought-out plan are carrying genocide in the state. We are not even allowed to mourn,” they said.
“The situation is increasingly going from bad to worse, resulting in political uncertainty in the state,” they said and paid tributes to ‘Budgam martyrs’ besides extended sympathies with the bereaved families.
The leaders hailed the people of Srinagar, Ganderbal and Budgam for their “exemplary” poll boycott and said “this has conveyed a strong message to the world community that election drama amidst ten lakh forces is unacceptable and won’t serve a substitute for the right to self-determination”.
Meanwhile, despite restrictions, Hurriyat leaders Devinder Singh Bhel, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi, Nisar Hussain Rather and Mudasir Nadvi succeeded in reaching Budgam and led a protest rally.
“Nadvi addressed a public gathering in Imambara, Budgam and paid rich tributes to slain youth,” the statement said.
“In a short span of a week’s time, people rejected Delhi-groomed henchmen. If their conscience is alive, they should shut their shops,” the leaders in their address said.