Chairman Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani Sunday expressed deep concern over the continuous imposition of curfew at Pattan Palhallan and the fresh arrest campaign against the activists of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.
In a statement issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS) Geelani said that since 2010 Palhallan is continuously being made target by forces and Huriyat workers are being ‘harassed and arrested’ .
Slamming authorities over the detention of Ab Gani Bhat ,District President Baramulla and Amir Hamza Secretary department of Dawah, Geelani alleged that Mir Hafiz Ullah, District president Islamabad ,Mohammad Shaban Dar ,district President Kulgam and Mohammad Yousuf Falahi District President Shopian have also been ‘unlawfully’ detained .
Geelani further alleged that the residences of Abdullah Nasir President, Tehsil Pattan and Showkat Ahmad (Kulgam)are continuously being raided, though they were recently released from jails. “While district president Kulgam is presently serving the detention in Kathua jail, however his residence was raided by armed troops and his family members were harassed during the raid. The house inmates were warned and asked that while propagating Islam and freedom movement he is creating problem for them and consequently they have to bear the results,” claims Geelani in a statement.
Geelani further stated that since last 5 years the armed forces and Task Force have virtually converted the Palhallan into a ‘concentration camp’ and whenever anything untoward happens, the people in Palhallan are ‘punished’ for none of their fault .”The supply lines for water and electricity is taken off and even they are not permitted to purchase food items for themselves nor they are allowed for farming or to look after their orchards.”
Geelani further stated that Tehreek-e-Hurriyat is not an underground organization, nor any of its activities are hidden from the public eye.
Demanding immediate release of its party leaders and activists, Geelani said that while denying a political space the authorities are playing a dangerous game. He strongly condemned the police excesses in Baramullah and urged to provide the conducive opportunity for the people to live in amicable atmosphere.