SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday expressed concern over the “fresh crackdown” on youth and nocturnal raids by government forces, saying authorities are unleashing a “reign of terror” upon innocent civilians.
Terming the acts as highly condemnable, Geelani in a statement said authorities “in a desperate move to gain favours from their higher ups are surpassing all limits to prove themselves as more loyal than king”.
“The reign of terror unleashed against people won’t help,” he said, adding that youth are arrested, caged and subjected to “extreme physical torture” thereby pushed to the wall.
Commenting over the charge sheet filed by NIA against Shahid Yusuf, Geelani said he is being implicated on fake grounds for being the son of Hizb chief Syed Salahuddin.
“It is sheer injustice,” Hurriyat chairman said. “Shahid Yusuf has not committed any offence. He is being subjected to vengeance because his father is leading (an) armed struggle.”
Geelani asked New Delhi to shun its “egoistic, fanatical politics and heartless approach” and show wisdom and resolve the long-pending Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
He paid tributes to Yunis Maqbool and Mohammad Yasin Yatoo on their anniversaries.
“We should not barter these sacrifices against Sadak, Pani and Bijli, as all those serving the interests of India are acting as stooges and facilitating bloodshed in state,” he said.