Zahida’s arrest evokes widespread condemnation

Srinagar, Dec 22: The arrest of young girl Zahida of Botengo in Islamabad district by the police in alleged stone pelting case has evoked severe condemnation.
 Expressing anger and anguish over the arrest of girl, the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is currently in New Delhi, termed it as ‘madness’ of police.
 “No case has been registered against any police and CRPF personnel involved in the target killing of 125 youth in 2010 while a large number of young students have been arrested on the charges of stone pelting and now a young girl has been arrested by the police,” said Geelani.
 “The stone pelting is taken as a symbol of resistance in the whole civilized world and nowhere in world except Kashmir it is considered as criminal offence,” said Geelani in a statement today from New Delhi,” he said.
 Blaming SSP Anantnag for the arrest of the girl, he condemned the act of keeping the girl in police lock-up.
 A spokesman of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) in a statement today termed it as the worst example of state terrorism.
 “Such steps belie all the claims of rulers of being democratic,” the Front spokesman said.
 Expressing strong resentment over the arrest, the Dukhtaran-e-Millat  chief Syeda Asiya Andrabi has urged the people and leadership to take serious notice of the arrest and stage protests against it.
 “I visited the residence of Zahida where I was informed that the police had registered a case of attempt to murder against her. In 2010, she was hit with a bullet in her leg during protests. Her brother has also undergone detention,” said Asiya in a statement today.   
 National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan termed the arrest of Zahida Akhtar as a challenge to the collective conscience of people of Jammu Kashmir.
 “New Delhi is only trying to feel our pulse by arresting our daughters,” said Khan while addressing a gathering at Saidapora in Sopore. 
 Meanwhile,  Jammu Kashmir Mass Movement chief Farida Behani and the Muslim League general secretary Abdul Ahad Parra have also condemned the arrest of girl and termed it the frustration of the government .

Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 23 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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