‘Kashmir turned into military fortress ahead of Jan 26’
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) on Monday expressed serious concern over the launch of cordon and search operations (CASO), door to door searches and “unleashing a reign of terror” by forces in downtown areas of Shehr-i-Khaas after a gap of 17 years.
In a statement issued here, AAC said the entire Kashmir is plunged into a “tight grip of fear” ahead of India’s Republic Day.
“Weeks ahead of January 26, entire Kashmir is turned into a military fortress. To harass the population, forces launch massive search operations everywhere, pedestrians are frisked, vehicles and commuters searched, door to door searches of residential houses conducted, residents harassed and even mobile and laptops of youth checked thoroughly,” he said.
AAC strongly condemned and termed these acts as breach of privacy and violation of basic human rights of the individuals.
“Youth are rounded up and lodged in various police stations ahead of January 26 as if they are criminals and there is hardly any area in Kashmir where people don’t feel scared and harassed due to the over-presence of the government forces,” it said.
“All this is witnessed at a time when the ruling party makes tall claims of the prevalence of peace and flourishing of democracy in Kashmir,” the party said, adding, “All these claims are false as ground situation continues to give a different and a very grim picture on all fronts.”
AAC took a dig at the government for imposing frequent curbs in downtown areas of Shehr-i-Khaas “thereby choking the economic prospects of the business community”.
“Besides a shadow is cast on the career of young students, who are deprived of right to education as they find it tough to make it to educational institutions due to stringent curbs in place every now and then,” it said.
AAC also denounced the frequent house detention of its patron and Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq terming the move as “political vendetta” aimed at preventing Mirwaiz from making direct contact with his followers and the people in general.
“These repressive measures are aimed at keeping the resistance leadership away from the people and to muzzle the genuine and legitimate Kashmir movement through military might,” it said.
Meanwhile, on the occasion of 6th death anniversary of prominent AAC leader Advocate Abdur Rouf Dalal, the organisation paid rich tributes to him saying that the deceased was always active on social, religious and political fronts and that his contribution will always be remembered.