Geelani decries fresh wave of arrests, ‘atrocities’ by forces

Geelani decries fresh wave of arrests, ‘atrocities’ by forces
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SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday decried the “current wave of killing, arrests and atrocities” by forces, saying authorities don’t even consider the sanctity of the month of Ramadhan.
In a statement, Geelani condemned the detention of resistance leaders saying it is extremely unwise to deny political space and muzzle genuine voices.
“The disputed region has been turned into a police state and butcher house where people are killed mercilessly and detained on frivolous charges,” he said, adding that ahead of the Indian prime minister’s visit, the J&K has been turned into an armed garrison.
Blaming pro-India politicians for following RSS agenda, Geelani said people particularly youth are being detained and there seems no let-up in killing and harassment of civilians.
“The mammoth participation of people in funerals of martyrs is a glaring example of commitment and affiliation of people with the freedom movement and serves a message for occupiers that oppressive measures won’t break our will or resolve,” he said.
Referring to arrest of Jama’at-e-Islami leader Bashir Ahmad Lone and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat district president Mohammad Rafiq Owaisi, Hurriyat chairman said authorities are suffering from “arrogance” and “frustration”. He said both leaders were detained for participating in funerals of slain professor Mohammad Rafi.
“Indian politicians and their henchmen in the state are responsible for the bloodshed,” Geelani said.
He slammed authorities for detaining Manzoor Ahmad Khan, saying he is languishing in jail for the last twelve years.
“Despite his ailing mother, authorities are reluctant to release him,” he said and strongly condemned the “unjustified detention” of senior advocate Bashir Bukhari.
He expressed deep anguish and concern over the reported worsening condition of prisoners, saying they are being ill-treated and subjected to mental and physical torture in jails.
Demanding immediate shifting of all detainees to valley, Geelani said these prisoners are not criminals and the treatment meted to them is in violation of the human rights charter.
Geelani paid tributes to all detainees for their commitment and valour. He said those lodged in Tihar jail including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saif ullah, Meraj ud Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shahid ul Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Shahid Yusuf, Zahoor Watali, and Mohammad Salem Wani, are ill-treated.
He said Masarat Alam Bhat, Dr Mohammad Qasim, Dr Mohammad Shafi Shariati, Dr Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Muzaffar Ahmad Dar, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori, Ameer Hamza Shah, Mir Hafiz Ullah, Mohammad Yusuf Falahi, Abdul Gani Bhat, Mohammad Yusuf Lone, Mohammad Shaban Dar, Raies Ahmad Mir, and Sarjan Barkati were arrested on “fake and fabricated charges”. He said their detention is being prolonged on one pretext or the other with one after another PSA slapped upon them.