SRINAGAR: Expressing strong resentment over the arrest and slapping of PSA on three Anantnag youth and shifting them to Jammu’s Kot Bhalwal jail, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday said these “repressive measures” are being used as tools to punish the people and force them into submission.
A spokesperson of the conglomerate in a statement issued here said the arrested youth include Shabir Ahmed Rather son of Ghulam Hassan Rahter, Mushtaq Ahmed Sheikh son of Mehr Ali and Aijaz Ahmed Malik son of Ghulam Muhammad.
He strongly denounced the cordon and search operation (CASO) in at least 17 villages in Hajin, Bandipora amid deployment of lakhs of government forces, saying that people were kept hostages in their own homes for hours together while as youth were questioned and harassed during the search operation.
The spokesperson said when people of Hajin protested against the “unjustified” forces’ action, dozens of protesters sustained injuries. “The government forces resorted to indiscriminate pellet and tear gas shelling at people, which deserves all forms of condemnation. These coercive and oppressive measures can’t break the resolve of the freedom loving people of Kashmir,” he said.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the conglomerate led by its senior leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza visited Bone and Joints Hospital Barzulla and inquired about the health of those injured in the recent forces’ action at Pulwama. The delegation prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured
Another delegation of the amalgam comprising Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Ghulam Nabi Najar, and Ghulam Muhammad Pandit, visited the residence of slain militant Sajad Ahmed Shah at Chogul Handwara and expressed solidarity with his family members.
The conglomerate’s chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also spoke to the slain youth’s father over phone and said that the sacrifices offered by youth are great assets of the ongoing freedom movement and that it was because of these priceless sacrifices that the people of Kashmir “will see the dawn of freedom one day”.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson expressed grief over the deaths and damage to properties caused by Tuesday’s thunderstorms and incessant rains across Kashmir. He urged people to “arrange prayers for repentance and seek Allah’s forgiveness from the wrath of natural calamities”.