Geelani’s continuous house detention taking toll on his health: Hurriyat (G)

Hurriyat Conference (G) Friday said that its chairman, Syed Ali Geelani’s continuous under house detention since last seven years is taking a heavy toll on his health.

The statement issued here also reads that its spokesman Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar was arrested by police from his residence and lodged him in police station Batamaloo.

Tehreek-e-Hurriyat General Secretary Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Mohammad Ashraf Laya were also put under house arrest, said Hurriyat.

“The state has been virtually turned into police garrison,” the statement said, adding that state authorities are creating emergency like situations and curbs and uncalled restrictions on peaceful political activities has deflated their rhetoric for “battle of ideas’’.

Condemning the state authorities for their dictatorial approach, Hurriyat Conference (G) said that since 2010, Geelani is confined to four walls of his residence as police authorities have practically turned his residence into a sub jail.

The statement while denouncing state authorities for their despotic approach, said that they failed to justify illegal confinement of Geelani and added it is sheer bullying and illustrates the height of lawlessness in state.

It termed the continuous detention of Geelani as ‘open demonstration of state terrorism’ and while ridiculing coalition regime led by Mehbooba Mufti for their rhetoric about the ‘’Battle of Ideas’’ and ‘’Goli Nahi Boli,’’ said that their slogans and tall claims proved ‘fraud and hoax’.

Hurriyat (G) while denouncing authorities for arresting its spokesman, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar said that arrest spree and all these barbaric acts are aimed at to create scare and to break the resolve of leadership.

“People will not disassociate from freedom movement and won’t succumb to pressure and corrosive tactics,” he said.

“We will pursue our goal despite all odds and psychological crackdown won’t deter us from pursuing our cherished mission,” the spokesman added.

The statement also condemned the slapping of PSA on 18-year-old Riaz Ahmed Dar and shifting him to Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu and added that vengeful actions against innocent youth is ‘unethical and unconstitutional’.

Hurriyat (G) condemned forces attack on school van in Letpora, Awantipora in South Kashmir saying that innocent students and teaching staff were returning to their home and said that forces through these cowardly acts are deliberately deteriorating the situations in state.

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