SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday condemned the continuous arrests and house detention of political leaders and activists, saying authorities have “virtually declared martial law” in the state. Hurriyat in a statement said its leaders are denied political space and the genuine voices of people are being “strangulated”.
Denouncing authorities for their “autocratic and egoistic rule”, Hurriyat said, “Syed Ali Geelani has been under continuous house arrest for the last 8 years and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai were again placed house arrest while as Huriyat spokesperson Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani, Mohammad Yasin Ataiee and Syed Imtiyaz Hyder were detained in police stations.”
“Authorities have turned whole state into a big prison,” Hurriyat said. “Since the inception of present coalition regime, authorities have surpassed all previous records.”