SRINAGAR: Condemning the mass arrests of resistance leaders and activists and nocturnal raids on the residences of pro-freedom activists across Kashmir, especially in Srinagar, ahead of the world human rights day falling on December 10, Hurriyat Conference (M) on Wednesday said the tactics of suppression cannot hide the reality of gross human rights violations in Kashmir.
Terming it “ironical”, a Hurriyat spokesperson in a statement issued here said a massive crackdown was launched to “even stop peaceful events” organised for commentating human rights week.
The spokesperson alleged that the “entire resistance camp has been caged”, either in homes or in various police stations, while large number of youth too have been detained amid night-long raids on the houses of pro-freedom activists where “the inmates are beaten and harassed by police”.
“Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continue to remain caged in their respective homes while JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, whose health deteriorated during police custody, has been hospitalised,” he said, adding that police has “intensified” its nocturnal raids on the residences of middle-ruling leaders of joint resistance leadership (JRL).
“Police raided the homes of AAC and Hurriyat activists including Mushtaq Ahmed Sufi, Farooq Ahmed Saudagar, and many others while their families were intimidated and harassed,” he alleged further.
Condemning the arrest of trade leader Muhammad Yasin Khan and at least 40 other traders “who took part in a peaceful protest against human rights”, the spokesperson said that police was “not sparing anyone” associated with protesting HR violation.