SRINAGAR: The Hurriyat Conference-led by Syed Ali Geelani on Friday strongly condemned the government’s keeping of Geelani under continuous house arrest and preventing him from offering Friday congregational prayers. The group said that the Mehbooba Mufti government has adopted same policies against the octogenarian leader which (former CM) Omar Abdullah followed.
“He (Geelani) continues to serve illegal detention for the last seven years without any legal or constitutional justifications,” a Hurriyat (G) spokesperson said in a statement.
“Mehbooba was very vocal about this (house arrest) and when in opposition, (she) often criticised Omar Abdullah for caging Geelani. Now she is following the footsteps of her predecessors; even (she has) added more reinforcements at Geelani’s residence,” the spokesperson said, adding, “It is a lawless state.”
“Geelani represents an ideology and it is impossible to restrict ideologies as these are fountain heads of inner aspirations and flourish despite barriers and impediments,” he said.
Demanding immediate and unconditional release of all prisoners, the spokesperson said the coalition government has turned the state into a big jail. “Armed forces and police have escalated search operations in every nook and corner of the state, subjecting people to extreme hardships,” he said.
Ridiculing “Delhi groomed henchmen” for their “inhuman treatment” of “innocent” civilians, the spokesperson said, “Allah will never forgive those who unnecessarily stop people from offering their religious obligations.”
He slammed PDP for its “rhetoric” of ‘Battle of Ideas’. Instead of showing respect for people’s opinion, the party is gagging voices, arresting people and political activists over “fake and fabricated charges”, he said.
“Most of the detainees after furnishing bail documents were not released (but) booked against fresh and baseless allegations,” he said.
Referring to jail manual and prisoners’ rights, the spokesperson said that prisoners have the right to meet their families but are being denied this right and also basic amenities like suitable food and medical treatment.
The spokesperson appealed to human rights organisations to take cognisance of the plight of Kashmiri detainees and use their influence to secure their release. He also urged them to take serious note of the “illegal detention” of Syed Ali Geelani, saying the credibility of HR bodies is at stake due to their continuous silence over the issue.