SRINAGAR: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chief Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and National Front on Wednesday slammed the arrest of youth and pro-freedom activists ahead of Republic Day.
In a statement, Sehrai alleged that such measures are taken by the government as a policy based on “political vendetta”.
“Kashmir has been turned into a police state wherein the government is shoring up all its efforts to spread sense of insecurity among the people of Kashmir.”
He further said: “Government is hell bent to violate the political values of resistance leadership and the Kashmiri people.”
The statement further said TeH chief paid tributes to the militants killed in Barmullla encounter with the government forces.
NF while terming the Republic Day as “black day” for the people of Kashmir, deputy chairman, Altaf Hussain Wani in a statement said that “India has no right to celebrate its national festivals in the disputed region”.
“The people of Jammu Kashmir are yet to decide their political future. So India must follow the principles of democracy and respect the disputed nature of Jammu Kashmir,” he said.
Reacting to the arrest spree ahead of the Jan 26, he said that “it has become another tool of oppression”.
The party also paid tributes to the militants killed in Budgam and Shopian.