SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Saturday strongly condemned the continuous house detention of its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and barring him from carrying out social and religious duties in the month of Ramadan.
A spokesperson of the conglomerate in a statement issued here said that the detention had become “a routine affair” whereby authorities caged the Hurriyat chairman and prevented him from performing his obligations as a religious and political leader.
He termed it detention the “worst form of oppression”, one that reflected “sheer frustration” on part of the ruling regime.
He also condemned the continuous detention of senior Hurriyat leader, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, who is lodged in police station Sheerbagh, Anantnag. “Waza is suffering from multiple ailments and confining him to police custody can further aggravate his aliments and prove detrimental to his health,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said that scores of Kashmiri prisoners continued to languish in various prisons across India, and found it ironic that “despite court orders regarding their release, they continue to remain in prisons”.
“There are many prisoners who have already completed their term and yet aren’t released as part of the political vendetta by the Indian state. These prisoners are also deprived of the basic facilities prescribed in the jail manuals thereby making their lives difficult inside the four walls of prisons at a time when temperatures across India are soaring,” he said.
The Hurriyat spokesperson said that many pro-freedom leaders, including Aasiya Andrabi and Fehmeeda Sofi, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Shakeel Bakshi, Masarat Alam Bhat, and dozens of other pro-freedom leaders continue to remain in prisons, which was “highly condemnable”.
He said authorities have “crossed all limits of oppression” and all the democratic values were being thrown into trash while dealing with the pro-freedom leaders in Kashmir.
The spokesperson urged the international rights bodies to take strong note of the condition of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in various jails and to make efforts for their release.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson strongly condemned the “brutal” use of force in Anantnag, Pulwama, and Dadsara Tral.