Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday denounced the authorities for barring the resistance leadership and people from marching to Anantnag where they had called for rally at Lal Chowk to express solidarity with the people of south Kashmir.
Authorities had put restrictions in Anantnag and Srinagar to foil the march and rally, while a number of activists and leaders from resistance camp were detained.
In a statement issued here the joint leadership said that authorities arrested dozens of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF leaders and activists in raids during the night and day.
While Geelani was under house arrest, and Malik lodged in jail, Mirwaiz tried to break the cordon outside his Nigeen residence, but was detained and lodged at SPs office at Hazratbal.
The statement said that police continued to conduct nocturnal and daytime raids on the houses of hundreds of youth in Srinagar and Islamabad “only to instill fear among the minds of people and to scuttle the plans of Islamabad march”.
The JRL said that imposition of strict curfews, caging resistance leaders and conducting raids and blocking the roads “reflects the acceptance of defeat by the authorities as it signifies their nervousness and fear of exposure just on the call of peaceful rallies given by the resistance camp”.
Talking to media outside his residence before his arrest, Mirwaiz said that repeated curbs, restrictions arrests and detentions of leadership and activists was “a classic case of colonial attitude like that of the British against the occupied people of the subcontinent with the help of local stooges”.
He said that people of south Kashmir have suffered immensely from last year.
“Hundreds of people mostly our youth have been killed including those in the infamous operation “all out” while even children and women are not spared. Recently young woman Misra Bano mother of an infant was brutally killed during operation all out. Due to this anti-Kashmir operation every second day CASO is launched in some area or other and people are tormented and harassed and when they protest it they are fired upon, killed, injured or arrested. Homes are broken into and vandalised and inmates beaten up. All records of oppression against the people in south have been broken,” Mirwaiz said.
He said that they have not been allowed to visit south Kashmir even once “to sympathise and express our support for the hapless and suffering but brave people”.
“It completely exposes every claim to anything remotely connected with democracy or right to expression,” Mirwaiz said.
He also denounced the barring of Friday prayers for the 18th time at Jamia Masjid. He said preventing people from reaching Jamia “won’t be tolerated in future and the move will be resisted tooth and nail”.