Hurriyat Conference while strongly condemning the house imprisonment of its Chairman Syed Geelani, said the imprisonment of its leaders has ‘no constitutional and moral justification and police is suppressing their peaceful voices just with the barrel of a gun.’
The spokesman said that police have ‘invented a new process of house arrests and banning of political activities of Geelani and other leaders.
Police and authorities never produced any legal justification for this illegal house arrest process and they never explained that under which act or section of the law is Geelani being imprisoned in his house. This lawlessness continued in the period of Omar Abdullah and now PDP government is following the suite in its rule,” the statement added.
Today nobody was allowed to meet Syed Ali Geelani and even staff members and relatives were stopped by police, said Hurriyat conference
Police contingent frisks everyone who want to meet Syed Ali Geelani, the spokesman said while in opposition benches, Mehbooba Mufti often criticised National Conference for placing Geelani under continuous house arrest and now in treasury benches, she is following the footprints of Omer Abdullah.
Since past seven years, Syed Ali Geelani has been barred from offering religious obligations and Eid prayers and even denied to attend funerals, the statement said and added that today more contingent of police were deployed and no one was allowed to meet him.
During all this period he is being neither allowed to venture out nor allowed to offer religious obligations, saying an ailing leader is suffering from multiple ailments and undue restrictions and curbs is taking a heavy toll on his health.
Hurriyat, while strongly denouncing the PDP led coalition said that their rhetoric about “battle of ideas” proved a hoax and despite their tall claims about freedom of expression, they are chasing political leaders, strangulating genuine voices, curbing peaceful political activities and implicating and caging leadership on fake allegations.
Spokesman condemned the continued house detention of its chairman Syed Ali Geelani, saying that “stopping pro-freedom leaders from performing their religious and social responsibilities is a gross violation of human rights and interference in the personal and religious rights.”
What is the justification in turning his residence into a sub-jail,” the Hurriyat spokesman, in a statement today, said, adding that “nobody and not even media and his family members can meet him.
We are not afraid of state power and threats, nor will we budge”, saying people will follow freedom struggle and show resentment despite all odds.
A spokesman said that “whenever we ask the policemen to justify the restrictions, they instead of producing any written order, refer the commandments of higher authorities, saying they are obeying their superiors’’.