Bar Association Protests Against Arrests



Kashmiri lawyers have decided to boycott their work as a mark of protest against the government for arresting two senior advocates and detaining hundreds of people ahead of prime Minister’s visit on November 7.

According to statement of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association to KNS, the lawyers’ body will abstain from their work for two days, on November 5 and 6, against the crackdown on pro-freedom leaders and arrest of more than 200 of their activists ahead of Modi’s visit.

The spokesperson said in the statement that two members of the association, Advocates Mohammad Shafi Reshi and Shabir Ahmad Bukhari have also been detained.

“Advocate Reshi along with Advocate Arshid Andrabi had been deputed by the Bar Association to Delhi in connection with the case filed by some Hindu fanatics  in the Supreme Court of India for scraping of Article 35-A of the Constitution of India,” he said.

He said both the lawyers after attending the proceedings of the case on November 3 were returning home, with necessary documents of the case. “When they reached Srinagar Airport in the morning flight, Reshi was arrested and detained at police station Humhama,” he said.

He said Bukhari was on his way from Lower court to High Court when Shaheed Gunj police arrested him and shifted him to police station Kreeri Pattan few days ago.

“Since the arrest and detention of these two advocates by the police without any reason or justification, being arbitrary and against the canons of law and it having been made only to please Narendra Modi who is coming to valley on November 7 therefore, these arrests and detentions are condemnable in strongest possible terms,” he said.

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