Srinagar, Dec 28: Authorities Thursday disallowed the Executive Council meeting called by Syed Ali Geelani at Hyderpora Srinagar and meanwhile police during their raids arrested several leaders including Gh Ahmad Gulzar (spokesman), Mohd Ashraf Laya, Bilal Sidiqee, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Omer Adil Dar and placing several leaders including Mohd Ashraf Sehrai and Gh Nabi Sumji under house arrest.
The spokesman said that a posse of police personnel were posted outside Geelani’s residence at Hyderpora where the resistance leaders from various constituent parties were to hold a meeting.
Meanwhile, Geelani while lashing at authorities said that ‘’they are playing with fire’’ saying their despotic attitude is the root cause of uncertainty and horrendous situations in state.
The meeting was convened by the Syed Ali Geelani to discuss several important issues, however police sealed all roads leading to his residence, said spokesman.
Police in large contingents was deployed and no one was allowed to enter Geelani’s residence, statement said.
Geelani termed the curbs as unjustified and unconstitutional, saying “the anti-Kashmiri state resorted to its usual tactic of curbing the leadership and gaging voices, once again showing that Kashmir is ruled by the forces’ might,” he added.
He termed the restrictions as open demonstration of state terrorism and while ridiculing coalition regime for their rhetoric about: ”Battle of Ideas’ ‘said that their all slogans and tall claims proved fraud and hoax.
Terming the social media gag on employees as worst form of state terrorism, Geelani said that it is aimed to conceal harsh realities and atrocities perpetrated in Jammu and Kashmir.
Slamming authorities for imposing arbitrary measures, Geelani said they are trampling basic and fundamental rights and pushing state to Stone Age.
“It is unjustified, illogical and unconstitutional,” asserted Geelani, saying that authorities are hell-bent to create graveyard silence and shielding criminals.
Strongly criticizing state authorities for their egoistic and tyrannical attitude, Geelani said that they feel insecure about the world opinion regarding deteriorating situations in Kashmir, hence strangulating genuine voices and resorting harsh measures to conceal its inhuman and unproportionate military might against unarmed civilians.
“Their tall claims and rhetoric for being a great democracy of world is nothing but a hoax and big fraud,” said Geelani and added that despite all their repressive and coercive measures they shall have to bow down their heads before the people’s verdict. “It is futile exercise to gag reasonable voices and impose ban on social media and their rhetoric for battle of ideas stand exposed,” said Geelani. (KNS)