Hurriyat (M) condemns ‘mass arrest” of leaders, activists, traders

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Srinagar, Dec 5: Hurriyat Conference (M) has strongly condemned the “mass arrest” of resistance leaders and activists across Kashmir especially in Srinagar followed by nocturnal raids on the residences of pro-freedom activists ahead of the world human rights day on December 10.
A Hurriyat (M) spokesperson in a statement said, “What can be more ironical than this that a massive crackdown was launched to even stop peaceful events organised for commentating human rights week against the grave human rights violations taking place here and acknowledged globally.”
He said that entire resistance camp has been caged either in homes or in various police stations while a large number of youths too have been detained amid night raids on the houses of pro-freedom activists.
The spokesperson said that Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continue to remain caged in their respective homes while JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik whose health deteriorated in police custody has been hospitalised.
Police have intensified nocturnal raids on the residences of middle-ruling leaders of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), he said, adding that 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.
“Police is not sparing anyone associated with protesting HR violation as it even arrested the trade leader Muhammad Yasin Khan and at least 40 other traders who took part in a peaceful protest against human rights. They have now been lodged in various police stations. Hurriyat strongly condemns this,” he said.
“Such tactics of suppression cannot hide the reality of gross human rights violations taking place in Kashmir for the last thirty years which the world is fully aware of. The recent UN report on rights violations in Kashmir should make that clear to the perpetrators by now,” the spokesperson said. (GNS)

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