Geelani, others put under house arrest

After arresting several separatist leaders and activists yesterday, authorities today placed house arrested Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani, his close associate Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza several others.

A large contingent of police cordoned off the residences of Geelani and Sehrai and informed them about their detention. The police did not allow anyone to enter their house and strict vigil was maintained around their houses.

Police also placed senior Hurriyat leader and Jammu Kashmir Peoples League Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, under house arrest and did not allow him to offer Friday prayers.

Authorities have already started massive crackdown against separatists apparently to prevent them from campaigning in favour of poll boycott. However, police sources said that arrests are being made to maintain law and order.

Castigating police authorities and terming the detention of party chairman and other separatists as worst kind of human rights violation, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza said that he was not even allowed to offer Friday prayers which exposed New Delhi’s claims of being a secular country.

He said that police on behest of main stream political parties have lashed a reign of terror in Kashmir and have arrested several pro-freedom leaders and activists during night raids.

Spokesman appealed to the United Nations to pressurise India for bringing an end to grave human rights violations perpetrated by Indian armed forces.

So far many frontline separatist leaders and activists have been arrested and these include JKLF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Hurriyat (JK) leaders Shabir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Muhammad Abdullah Tari and Shabir Ahmad Dar, Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar, Salvation Movement chairman Zafar Akbar Butt, separatists activists Mir Hafizullah, advocate Bashir Ahmed Butt, Ghulam Rasool Dar Edhi, Mir Siraj-ud-din Daood, Muhammad Rafiq War, Gulzar Ahmed Butt, Nazir Ahmed Rather, Muhammad Jammal Dar, Abdul Ahad Ganai, Feroz Ahmed Khan, Bashir Ahmed Wani, Hakeem Showkat, Asadullah Parry, Meraj Din Nanda, Muhammad Amin Ahangar, Muhammad Amin Parray, Ghulam-du-din, Ghulam Hassan Dar, Abdul Hameed Hajan, Bilal Ahmed, Saif-ud-din Mir and Habibullah Gojri.

Police also raided the houses of Javed Ahmed Mir, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Abdul Ahad Parra, Raja Meraj-ud-din, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Muhammad Shaban, Muhammad Yousuf Lone, Rayees Ahmed and Salman Yousuf.

The government has started a manhunt to make the November 25 elections incident free.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of Hurriyat Conference (JK) has condemned the arrest of Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Moulana Muhammad Abdullah Taari, Muhammad Yusuf Naqash, Shabir Ahmad Dar, Ayaz Akbar, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Ghulam Rasool Eidhi, Zafar Akbar Bhat, Sirajuddin Dawood, Muhammad Rafiq War, Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, Nazir Ahmad Dar and dozens of other pro-freedom leaders and activists.

The spokesperson said that “to safeguard the precious sacrifices they have rendered in their fight against Indian rule, it is imperative to boycott the upcoming elections in letter and spirit. He said that to vote those who murdered our children and youth and our leaders like Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru, is a big treachery to the mission of martyrs”.

HCJK spokesperson said that Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir is a political platform which believes in propagating its viewpoint to masses in a peaceful manner but the so-called administration by resorting to their traditional measures prevents the leaders from meeting the people. “On one hand, they beat the drums of so-called democracy and on other, arrest its political opponents.”

“These arrests made it clear that India and its puppets lack the potential to compete with resistance leadership on a political platform that is why they put these leaders behind bars. It seems they have declared a war against pro-freedom camp,” he said.

He said that to force people to vote in a democratic set-up itself negates the very essence of democracy. “The reality is that the people of Kashmir never acknowledged these sham Indian elections but are demanding their right of self determination and Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir leadership will continue to take the freedom movement to its logical conclusion,” the spokesperson added.