SRINAGAR: Both factions of Hurriyat Conference on Saturday denounced the frisking and search operations started by government forces in various parts of valley including the city centre Lal Chowk here.
In a statement, a spokesperson of Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat said government forces are unnecessarily harassing and intimidating civilians and business community on one pretext or the other.
“Virtually authorities have turned Kashmir into a battlefield, subjecting civilians to worst treatment, and their fundamental rights are being disregarded and trampled,” he said.
He said targeting business hub and busy areas is a “deep conspiracy”, terming it as “sheer lawlessness.” “Even vehicles parked there (at Lal Chowk) were searched, and many mobile phones of commuters were also checked,” he said.
“Keeping a large population hostage for hours is utter violation of human rights. Police and other agencies feel free and unaccountable for their misdeeds. These arbitrary tactics won’t force people to submission,” the Hurriyat (G) spokesperson said.
A spokesperson of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat in a statement denounced the heavy deployment of forces in various parts of Kashmir and the subsequent search and frisking operation.
He said at Hajin, Sonawari the number of forces personnel has been doubled while as dozens of new bunkers have been constructed in the area after which local population is feeling highly insecure.
“Local people are feeling terrified because of the nocturnal raids. The increased footprint of forces in Hajin is highly condemnable,” he said and condemned the continuous imposition of curfew in south Kashmir’s Anantnag where normal life has come to a standstill due to strict curfew.
The spokesperson castigated forces for “vandalising” public properties in Bijbehara under the garb of search operations.
He termed the sudden crackdown in the commercial hub Lal Chowk and Batamaloo as “a fresh ploy to instill fear among the masses and the traders’ fraternity”.
“The unabated human rights violation in every nook and corner of Kashmir stands as an eye-opener for the international community. It is high time for world bodies to take serious note of rights abuses in the valley,” the Hurriyat (M) spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, delegations of Hurriyat (G) Meanwhile, delegations of Hurriyat (G) visited the families of militants killed in Anantnag gunfight, and also the families of incarcerated leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar and Altaf Ahmad Shah, to express sympathy and solidarity with them.