SRINAGAR: Syed Ali Geelani-led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) on Monday said its general secretary Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, was on Sunday put under house arrest while party leader Mohammad Ashraf Laya was detained and lodged in Rajbagh police station ahead of party’s executive council meeting on Monday.
TeH in a statement said, “Almost all executive council members have been arrested and lodged in state and outside state jails. The meeting at Geelani’s house had been called to discuss the prevailing situation however police foiled it and during raids arrested several leaders.”
Strongly condemning the house imprisonment of Geelani and other pro-freedom leaders, the party said, “Police (has) invented a new process of house arrests and banning of political activities of Geelani Sahib and other leaders since 2010 and (is) barring him from (performing) all religious, political and social obligations.”
Terming the arrest of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leaders and activists as “political vendetta”, the party said it is a deliberate attempt to create a political uncertainty. “People in lawless state are being denied their right to freedom of expression, thus strangulating the genuine voices and creating uncertainty,” it said.
“Their rhetoric about the ‘battle of ideas’ proved a hoax and they proved most opportunistic,” the statement said. “Despite their tall claims about the freedom of expression, they are chasing political leaders, strangulating genuine voices, curbing peaceful political activities and implicating and caging youth and resistance leaders on fake allegations.”
Terming these “arbitrary measures” as “undemocratic and unlawful”, the TeH said nowhere in the civilised societies is this type of “lawlessness” approved.