Hurriyat (M) condemns ‘arrest spree’ in south Kashmir

Srinagar: Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday denounced the “arrest spree” of youth during nocturnal raids in various areas of south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Shopian districts that include Muran, Newa, Parigam, Gudoora and DK Pora.
“The harassment caused to the people in the dead of night and whisking away a large number of youth besides intimidating people including women and children reflects open aggression of the authorities against the people of Kashmir,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
He claimed that many of the youth detained by the police are minors and students who have been picked up or asked to report in police stations on mere suspicion and put behind bars.
“People in this trouble-torn region are facing tremendous hardships since past many decades and their miseries instead of fading away are increasing manifold with each passing day, and if any persons raise his voice against the atrocities being committed on them, the doors of jails are being opened to book them under frivolous charges,” he stated.
The spokesman said the people of Kashmir are not demanding anything new but fulfilment of the promises made to them by the Indian leadership before the world community that the Kashmir issue will be resolved as per the wishes and aspirations of its people.
The Hurriyat urged the world bodies to take serious note of the prevailing situation in Kashmir and to play their role in mitigating the pain and miseries of the Kashmiri people.