Geelani Detained on Gun-Point, Completing 6 Years under House Arrest: Hurriyat

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SRINAGAR

Police van stationed outside residence of Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Friday. He is under house detention since he returned from New Delhi.
Police van stationed outside residence of Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Friday. He is under house detention since he returned from New Delhi.

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (g) chairperson Syed Ali Geelani continued to remain under the house imprisonment on Friday.

“He was forcibly prevented from participating in the Friday prayers like important religious obligation,” Hurriyat Conference (g) statement said this evening.

Strongly condemning the government actions, Hurriyat Conference (g) said that the continuous house detention of ailing Geelani has “no legal or constitutional justifications and the police have held him captive merely on the gun point”.

After staying in New Delhi for about two months in connection with his health check-ups, Geelani returned Srinagar on 6 April and since then he is under the police detention at his residence.

“In the period of this one and a half month, he has not been allowed to come out of his house even for a single day and he missed 7 Friday prayers during this period. Although a huge contingent of  police always remain deployed around the residence of Geelani 24*7 but on Friday the additional police force is called-in to prevent the 86 year old man from coming out of his house to offer the Friday congregational prayers,” the statement said.

“As usual, the government has not given any reason or grounds for the illegal house detention of Geelani till date and the police again have no court orders or any government document to justify the imprisonment of the Hurriyat chairperson,” the statement added.

The house detention “process” of Geelani started in August 2010 and “this process is completing its 6 years now”.

“After Omar Abdullah and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, now Ms Mehbooba Mufti too has enforced complete ban over the movement of the pro-freedom leader and he is not being allowed to perform his political, social and religious activities,” the statement said.

Hurriyat Conference (g) also condemned in the “illegal” house detention of its Secretary General Shabir Ahmad Shah.

“The government has completely failed in facing the pro-freedom leadership on the political turf and they are using state machinery to suppress their peaceful voices,” the statement said.

Hurriyat Conference (g) appealed human rights organizations to take notice of this “state terrorism and use their influence for releasing the pro-freedom leadership of Kashmir”.

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