Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (G) led by Syed Ali Geelani said it launched election boycott campaign in Srinagar on Friday ahead of panchayat and municipal elections in the state.
In a statement, a spokesperson said senior Hurriyat leaders and activists participated in the rally. “Under the leadership of Mohammad Yaseen Aataie, the rally marched through the Abi Guzar Street, displaying anti-election banners and denouncing human rights violations, civilian killings and arrest spree in Kashmir,” he said.
He stated that the rally protested against the plight of incarcerated leaders in Tihar jail including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Pir Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, farooq Ahmad Dar, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Aslam Wani, Shahid Yousuf, Dr. Gh. Mohammad Bhat, Muzfar Ahmad Dar, Asiya Indrabi, Fahmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen and condemned the prolonged detention of Masarat Aalam Bhat, Mohammad Shafi Sharyati, Mohammad Qasim, Gh. Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Gh. Mohammad Khan Sopori, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Ab. Gani Bhat, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Umar Aadil Dar, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Farooq Tawheedi, Asadullah Parray, Ab. Rashid Magloo, Hakeem Showkat and others.
Hurriyat spokesperson however condemned house arrest of Hurriyat general secretary Gh. Nabi Sumji on Friday, and said he was scheduled to lead the anti-election rally in Srinagar.
Denouncing the arrest spree across Kashmir, the spokesperson said, “Kashmir has been virtually turned into a ‘police state’, where peaceful political activities have been barred.”