SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference has strongly condemned the continuous house detention of its chairman Syed Ali Geelani saying, “nobody was allowed to meet” the ailing leader on Saturday.
In a statement, the amalgam said that even staff members and relatives were stopped by police. “Police frisk everyone who wants to meet Syed Ali Geelani,” it said.
“Police is suppressing the peaceful voices just with the barrel of gun. Police have invented a new process of house arrests and banning of political activities of Geelani and other leaders,” the spokesperson said.
It said police and authorities never produced any legal justification for the “illegal” house arrest. “They never explained that under which act or section of the law is Geelani being imprisoned in his house. This lawlessness continued during Omar Abdullah’s government and now PDP government is following the suit.”
Lashing out at Mehbooba Mufti-led government, Hurriyat said, the chief minister would often criticise National Conference (NC) for placing Geelani under continuous house arrest during Opposition. However, currently she is following Omar Abdullah.
“Since past seven years, Syed Ali Geelani has been barred from offering religious obligations and Eid prayers and even denied to attend funerals,” the conglomerate said. “The ailing leader is suffering from multiple ailments and undue restrictions and curbs are taking a heavy toll on his health.”
Strongly denouncing the PDP-led coalition government, Hurriyat said their rhetoric about ‘battle of ideas’ proved a hoax and “despite their tall claims about freedom of expression, they are chasing political leaders, strangulating genuine voices, curbing peaceful political activities and implicating and caging leadership on fake allegations”.
Hurriyat said stopping pro-freedom leaders from carrying out their religious and social responsibilities is a gross violation of human rights and interference in the personal and religious rights.
“We are not afraid of state power and threats nor will we budge,” Hurriyat said. “People will follow freedom struggle and show resentment despite all odds.”
“We will never accept supremacy or hegemony of India and will oppose forcible occupation and pursue over genuine struggle till dispute is resolved as per aspirations of people,” Hurriyat said.