SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday strongly denounced police for “creating chaos” in state saying they are humiliating and arresting resistance leaders on one pretext or the other pretext.
“This lawlessness is being carried under the garb of ‘preventive custody’,” said Hurriyat in a statement. “(J&K) has been turned into a police state and detention period of those arrested is prolonged on flimsy grounds. For this lawlessness, police doesn’t follow any judicial procedure or standard norms.”
Referring to the detention of senior amalgam leaders Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, spokesperson, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar and Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Hurriyat said they were taken into preventive custody a few days ago and placed under house detention. “(An) 85-year-old Shah Wali Mohammad was also arrested for leading funeral of a martyr (and) till (date), he is in unlawful police custody,” it said.
Blaming police for “bullying” and “arrogance”, Hurriyat said those arrested on “false” allegations of stone pelting are detained for months, lodged in torture centres and “even their families are tried for no fault of theirs”.
“All these suppressive tactics and coercive measures won’t break their resolve nor can deter (them) from pursuing the freedom mission,” Huriyat said.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani has expressed deep grief over the demise of Abdul Satar Khan, the brother of incarcerated political activist Mohammad Shaban Khan (Sopore), saying since last two years he is languishing in outside state jail and is repeatedly being booked under the “draconian law” despite authorities having quashed his PSA.
Geelani expressed his condolences on Abdul Satar Khan’s demise, prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and forbearance to the grieved family.