Geelani barred from Talking to Media, alleges Hurriyat (G)

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Hurriyat (G) spokesperson on Friday said that the residence of Geelani has been declared an unannounced sub-jail and he is not only stopped to venture out of his house but the people related to press are completely banned to meet him and whenever any journalist come to meet him and give his introduction at the main gate, he is forced to return.

“Many journalists use their own influence and call the higher police officials for the permission but each officer refuse them with the same answer that ‘it is not in my hands’,” spokesperson said.

According to the spokesperson few days back a press reporter of prominent English daily of New Delhi, The Hindu, came to conduct an interview with Geelani, “she was as usual stopped outside and denied to enter”. “The said reporter contacted Jammu & Kashmir police chief on phone and asked for the permission but she also got the same answer and was forced to return after waiting for half an hour,” the statement said.

“Before this another female correspondent of Washington Post was also denied to interview Geelani despite having the proper appointment.” Spokesperson added, “yesterday a cameraman of Press TV was also denied to meet Geelani and whenever the police deployed outside the residence of the pro-freedom leader, see anybody carrying any camera, they get alert and stop them to enter.”

Spokesperson added that the people who are desirous to meet Geelani are also stopped at main gate and are ‘harassed’ in different ways. He said that the house detention of Geelani have completed its four years in this month of August and today from 16 April 2014 when he returned from New Delhi, he was continuously 17th time denied to perform the important religious duty of Friday prayers and during these 115 days, he was not even released for a single day.

Hurriyat spokesperson termed this government action as ‘grave’ human rights violation and also an interference into the religious affairs which doesn’t have any moral and legal justification, so it should be condemned at all levels.

Meanwhile, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani is going to address an important press conference on 9 August, Saturday 11:30 am at Hyderpora, in which the Hurriyat will present its stand on a very vital issue before the people. It is very delicate issue and keeping in view the public interest, Hurriyat is going to raise this issue. All the media persons are requested to be in time for reporting this event, the statement requested.

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