Geelani for peaceful protests on July 4

Condemns house detentions, arrest spree

Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) has appealed people to hold peaceful protests on Friday July 4 against, what he said, arrest spree, house detentions and confiscation of properties of pro-freedom people.
 “Atrocities unleashed upon the oppressed people of Kashmir by the Indian forces, seizure of personal properties of the pro-freedom people by the administration, continuous arrest and house detention of Hurriyat leaders and other pro-freedom people are the worst kind of human rights violation,” Geelani said while addressing a congregation on “Welcoming Ramadhan” organized by Tehreek-e-Hurriyat district Srinagar at its Hyderpora headquarters. 
 “I appeal people to hold peaceful protest demonstration after the Friday prayers for half an hour on July 4 against these excesses by police and state administration,” Geelani, according to a party statement, said. 
 Geelani added that 22 Hurriyat activists were detained under PSA and 122 youth are imprisoned in different police stations and jails. “Youth are the future of every nation but the Indian government with the help of their agents in Kashmir, are terrorizing our younger generation by fabricating them in false cases and detaining them for years together,” he said.  
 “I am not being allowed to move out from the four walls of my house from 2010 and I am even being denied to perform my religious and social duties. Besides me, General Secretary Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Muhammad Ashraf Sehraie, Ayaz Akbar and Altaf Ahmad Shah are also under house detention. They were also denied to offer Friday prayers which is a grave human rights violation,” he said. 
 He said other leaders and activists of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat who have been detained in different jails or police stations are Abdul Gani Bhat Sopore, Amir Hamza Bandipora, Nasir Abdullah Pattan, Abdul Majid Lone Logripora Sopore, Nisar Ahmad Bhat Pattan and Muslim League leaders and activists like Masarat Aalam Bhat,  Mehraj-ud-din Gojri and Hakeem Showkat.
 He said HCJK senior pro-freedom leader Shabir Ahmad Shah is also under continuous house detention, while as JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik along with his dozens of workers and activists are lodged in Srinagar Central Jail. 
 Geelani said that “the confiscating of the personal properties of pro-freedom people like the house of Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori and recently the seizure of 9 Kanals of paddy land of Ghulam Rasool Khan at Livar, Pahalgam by the authorities on the directions of NIA, does not have any legal or constitutional justification.”

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