SRINAGAR: Expressing strong reaction and concern over the fresh crackdown on youth and nocturnal raids by police across valley especially in Karimabad Pulwama, Tral, Hajin, Handwara, and subjecting the detained youth to “third degree torture in police stations”, Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday termed the “rhetoric” of “Goli Nahi Boli” as “hoax”. He said PDP stands “badly exposed” on ground and the party can no more “befool” people.
Geelani in a statement cautioned the state administration that if the arrests and harassment of youths is not stopped forthwith, it will have serious repercussion and all the responsibility will be on the shoulders of PDP and the state police.
“People all over the world protest against excesses and for their judicious demands which is their democratic right but the Jammu & Kashmir is the only exception to this rule where the peaceful protesters are welcomed and showered with bullets, pellets and other deadly weapons, and the so-called civilian government instead of objecting this, overtly and covertly encourages this autocratic behaviour of forces,” he said.
Hurriyat chairman said by choking the peaceful means of protest and denying democratic and basic rights to Kashmiri people, Indian authorities are negating their own claims of being the largest democracy in the world.
Terming the role of PDP as “filthy, deceitful and sorrowful”, Geelani said, “These people (gained) votes on ‘Goli Nahi Boli’, ‘release of political prisoners’, ‘return of power projects’ and against RSS and their fanatical dogma and slogans but later betrayed the people and did absolutely contrary to all that what they had promised during their election campaign. They are power hungry people and for that purpose they can go to any extent.”
Strongly condemning the use of “excessive and brutal force” against people protesting the arrest of youth in Pulwama and Handwara, Geelani accused police of worsening the situation in state and said “they will be responsible for the consequences of their atrocities”.
He condemned the arrest of five youth including Baber Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad, Raffia Abdullah, Zubair ul Islam, Meraj u Din and “unabated use of teargas shelling and deadly pellet guns” in Karimabad Pulwama. He also condemned the alleged ransacking and vandalising of properties, saying that police and forces during night raids even thrashed the elderly inmates.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat chairman strongly condemned the continuous detention of Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Shah Wali Mohammad and said that Bashir Ahmad Qureshi and Gh Mohammad Shah are detained in jail since past one month without any justification. He expressed deep concern over the continuous detention of Manzoor Ahmad Najar (Panzan), Basharat Ahmad Mir (Munpapi) and Aashiq Hussain Bhat (Ichgam) who he said are languishing in jail since past 5 years and presently lodged in police station Budgam.
Geelani blamed police for prolonging their detention on one pretext or the other, saying they are unnecessarily creating hurdles in their release.