Downtown turned into military fortress on Fridays: Hurriyat (M)

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) has denounced the authorities’ decision of yet again placing the chairman of the amalgam Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention saying the move reflects “frustration” on part of authorities.
A spokesperson of the conglomerate in a statement said the move to cage Mirwaiz frequently is aimed at barring him from carrying out his social, political and religious duties.
He strongly condemned the forces’ action on Friday in which a teenage student Zahid Manzoor Mir of Nowshehra, Zonimar was pumped with hundreds of pellets resulting in serious damage to his vital organs like kidneys and gall bladder.
“Such incidents take place because of heavy presence of forces across downtown on every Friday, turning (the) entire old city into a military fortress,” he said.
The spokesperson said the huge presence in downtown on every Friday creates an atmosphere of terror. He said Hurriyat has been time and again demanding that there should be no deployment of forces in downtown areas on Fridays but the government continues to ignore it.
Meanwhile, on the directions of Mirwaiz, a delegation comprising Sofi Mushtaq Ahmad, Muhammad Shafi Khan, Peer Ghulam Nabi and Farooq Ahmed Saudagar visited SMHS hospital to inquire about the condition of injured Zahid.
The delegation said they were told that Zahid, a class 11 student, was on way back to his home after attending examination. “He was fired with full burst of pellets that damaged his vital organs forcing doctors to remove his kidney. The condition of Zahid continues to be critical,” the delegation said.