‘Govt has declared war against Kashmir youth’

Shopian shuts down against ‘arrest-spree’

Jammu, Apr 3: Reiterating its call to release all youth “implicated in flimsy cases”, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday said the government was “targeting Shopian for its refusal to succumb to its strong-arm methods.”
In a statement, the party president Mehbooba Mufti while condemning the “continued harassment of youth” across Kashmir said a “reign of terror has been let loose in Shopian which observed a strike for fifth day today.”
Mehbooba said the government is “using police to protect it from the wrath of the people generated by its inability to provide justice or good governance.”
She said the application of the “dreaded” Public Safety Act (PSA) had become a norm and many youth had been slapped with this “lawless law” in Shopian also. “Omar Abdullah government has declared a war against the youth of the valley while everybody else is faced with uncertainty, insecurity and state terror,” she said.
Referring to reports of “wanton highhandedness” of security forces in different parts of the region, Mehbooba said the government has given them a license to “keep a lid on the anger and pain suffered by people under the present dispensation.” “The silence of graveyard is achieved at a terrible cost,” she said while pointing to reports of “violation of privacy of people and almost regular breaking of homes, window panes and public thrashing by government forces.”
She said in any society the police is needed for maintaining public order and upholding civil liberties “but in J&K under NC-Congress rule the sole purpose of police is to protect the ruling clan and its luxuries even though the present rulers have sold their conscience in the process not to speak of the authority to redress people's grievances.”
Mehbooba said police have been indulging in “worst atrocities” in Shopian where more than a dozen boys have been arrested and some detained under the PSA. “It seems the government has still not been able to come to terms with the resistance put up by the courageous people of Shopian who in 2009 rose up against the government seeking justice for the two young women Aasia and Neelofar,” she said. “It looks like the government is trying to take revenge from the people of Shopian.”
She demanded immediate release of the arrested youth.
Meanwhile life remained paralyzed in Shopian for the fourth consecutive day due to the spontaneous strike against the arrests of youth. Business establishments remaining closed and traffic was off the roads.
Civil Society of Shopian town, at a meeting today, condemned continued detention of two youth: Zubair Ahmed and Shakir Ahmed, under PSA, in Khatua jail, Jammu, demanding their and immediate and unconditional release.
The society has demanded withdrawal of FIRs filed against scores of youth since February 9, 2013 till date by the administration besides release of all the school boys lodged in local police stations.
The Society has also demanded immediate transfer the Deputy Commissioner, the Superintendent of police and Station Police Officer.
 Hurriyat Conference (G) also condemned slapping of PSA on Zubair Ahmad and Shakir Ahmad of Shopian, demanding immediate release of all detainees. 

Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST

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