SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference has strongly condemned the arrest of a Kashmiri businessman Bilal Ahmad Kawa of downtown Srinagar by Delhi police and Anti-Terrorism Squad of Gujarat Police in connection with a 17-year-old case of alleged attack on Red Fort. A spokesperson of the conglomerate in a statement said Bilal is an innocent trader who deals with leather and fur business and often travels to Delhi for his business purposes. “His arrest ahead of January 26 is nothing but a move to make him a scapegoat,” he said.
Demanding unconditional release of Bilal, the Hurriyat (M) spokesperson said, “It has been observed since long that police often resort to harassment of Kashmiri businessmen, students, and traders in various states of India which seems to be a well-planned conspiracy of the Government of India to label Kashmiris as suspects and then frame them in fake and false cases.”
Expressing solidarity and sympathy with the family members of Bilal Ahmed Kawa, the spokesperson termed the protest staged by Bilal’s family members as fully justified and based on logic. “There seems to be a well thought-out-plot against Bilal to frame him in a frivolous and baseless criminal case,” he said.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson castigated government for once again imposing strict curbs and caging the conglomerate chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence.
“These repressive measures have been tested in the past and haven’t succeeded in breaking the resolve of resistance leadership and people towards the sacred Kashmir movement,” the spokesperson said.