Hurriyat denounces detention of leaders

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.”