SRINAGAR: Both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF on Wednesday condemned the “use of brute force” by authorities against the Shia mourners who took out the Muharram processions at various places across Valley.
Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Syed Ali Geelani in a statement termed the police action as “a sheer interference in the religious matters of Muslims”.
“Use of excessive force against Muslims participating in the peaceful religious processions has exposed the fascist and biased mentality of the occupation authorities,” he said.
Geelani also condemned the detention of Tehreek-e-Wahdati Islami chairman Nisar Hussain Rather, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Ali Mohammad Rather, Shabir Hussain Dar, Mohammad Qasim Bhat, Mohammad Afzal Bahar and others who were participating in the Muharram processions.
He also condemned the nocturnal raids on the residence of Muslim League leader Mohammad Rafiq Ganaie, and arrest of League’s Feroz Ahmad Khan and Bilal Ahmad Gatoo who he said have been shifted to Kot Bhalwal jail, Jammu under PSA.
The Hurriyat led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement strongly denounced the imposition of curbs in the city centre Lal Chowk and other parts of Srinagar to foil Muharram processions.
A spokesperson of the amalgam strongly condemned the use of force upon mourners, thrashing and detaining them as ultimate highhandedness by authorities.
“The government’s practice of foiling Muharram processions is totally undemocratic,” he said. “The government has already been trampling the social and political rights of people of Kashmiris and now same force is being used to muzzle the religious practices which is not only unfortunate but deserves all forms of condemnation.”
The amalgam strongly condemned the continuous arrest of a Kashmiri nursing student Muhammad Iqbal who was arrested at Jammu highway saying his family is not being provided information about him which has added to their worry.
The spokesperson also expressed deep shock and grief over the mysterious murder of a minor boy of Basarbugh, Ganderbal whose body was found in an orchard, and demanded that those behind this gruesome killing must be given an exemplary punishment.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement condemned what he termed as the onslaught against Muharram processions across the valley especially in Srinagar.
He condemned the detention of hundreds of mourners, terming it as highhandedness and direct interference in religious affairs.
JKLF chief also condemned the “attacks by some goons on Kashmiri businessmen in Manali, Himachal Pradesh”.
“Kashmiri businessmen are facing RSS-supported goons and police apathy in Manali where their business related goods have been vandalised and they have been warned to leave Manali immediately or face death and destruction,” Malik said in a statement.