An atmosphere of fear created in valley: Hurriyat (M)

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Condemns arrest of Masroor Ansari

SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Monday strongly condemned the “forces’ highhandedness across south and north Kashmir under the garb of search operations and later creating an atmosphere of fear by arresting youth, thrashing inmates and making people stand outside their homes for hours together”.
Terming it as “ultimate form of state terrorism”, a spokesperson of the amalgam in a statement said, “(In) the guise of so-called sham polls, entire Kashmir has been converted into a military fortress where people irrespective of their age are being arrested and later slapped with draconian PSA and then shifted outside valley jails.”
The spokesperson termed the arrest of senior Hurriyat leader Moulana Masroor Ansari who is lodged at Central Jail Srinagar as “part of bigger operation across Kashmir”.
The amalgam said New Delhi should shun its “rigid” approach, accept the ground realities and start a meaningful dialogue to resolve the vexed Kashmir issue as per the aspirations of it people.
Meanwhile, on the directions of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, senior leader of the amalgam Mukhtar Ahmed Waza visited many areas of Kudwani in Kulgam where many youth were recently arrested and slapped with PSA. He met the families of those arrested and extended sympathy with them.