Geelani concerned over ‘crackdown’ on youth in Kashmir

Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani today expressed his concern over the fresh crackdown on youth and nocturnal raids by government forces in Kashmir.
Geelani concerned over ‘crackdown’ on youth in Kashmir
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Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani today expressed his concern over the fresh crackdown on youth and nocturnal raids by government forces in Kashmir. 

"Youth in valley especially Karimabad Pulwama, Tral, Hajin, Handwara are detained and subjected to third degree torture in police stations", Geelani said in a statement.

"The rhetoric about 'Goli Nahi Boli' is a hoax. PDP stands badly exposed on the ground. They can't befool people anymore now," he said.  

Strongly condemning the "police actions and use of excessive and unjustified force in Kareem Abad Pulwama, Geelani cautioned the state administration that "if the arrests and harassing of youths will not stop forthwith, all its responsibility will be on the shoulders of PDP and the state police". 

Geelani said, "people all over the world protest against excesses and for their judicious demands which is their democratic right but the Jammu and Kashmir is the only exception to this rule where the peaceful protesters are welcomed and showered with bullets, pellets and other deadly weapons and the so-called civilian government instead of objecting this, overtly and covertly encourage this autocratic behaviour of the forces."

He said, "by chocking the peaceful means of protest and denying democratic and basic rights of the Kashmiri people, Indian authorities are negating their own claims of being the so-called biggest democracy in the world."

Terming the role of PDP as "filthy, deceitful and sorrowful", Geelani said, "these people collected votes on 'Goli Nahi Boli', 'release of political prisoners', return of power projects and against RSS and their fanatical dogma and slogans, but instead betrayed the people and did absolutely contrary to all that what they had promised during their election campaign. They are power hungry people and for that purpose they can go to any extent." 

He also condemned the arrest of five youth including Baber Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad, Raffia Abdullah, Zubair ul Islam, Meraj u Din and unabated use of teargas shelling and pellets in Karimabad Pulwama, saying it injured dozens of youths and students.

"Hurriyat chairman also condemned the ransacking and vandalising of properties, saying that police and forces during night raids even thrashed elderly inmates," the conglomerate spokesperson said in a statement. 

Meanwhile, Geelani criticised the continuous detention of Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Shah Wali Muhammad, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi and Ghulam Muhammad Shah.

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