Hurriyat Conference (M) has strongly condemned the arrest of its Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who has been lodged at sub jail at Cheshmashahi, here.
"The illegal house detention for the past 49 days and the arbitrary detention of the Mirwaiz shows the government's frustration and failure in dealing with the people's revolt, the Hurriyat spokesman, in a statement today, said.
"Illegally caging, confining and censoring the leadership is the standard response of the infamous regime as well as its predecessors to prevent them from leading the people and letting the truth of Kashmir be known. Such undemocratic and authoritarian measures will not deter the Mirwaiz and cadres of APHC from representing and advocating the will and aspirations of people and their sacred struggle for which the whole nation is tremendously sacrificing and facing collective torture," he said.
"Mirwaiz's commitment to the movement is a proud legacy he has inherited from his forefathers who made sacrifices and suffered hardships in the form of exiles, incarcerations, torture and harassment at the hands of the powers that be but always led and supported the people's movement for achievement of justice and their basic political right of self determination," the spokesman said.
Expressing deep sorrow and grief at the killing of Shakeel Ahmed Ganai of Rajpora Pulwama by the forces yesterday, and the drowning of Shahnawaz Khan of Sangam Anantnag when the forces were chasing him and he jumped into water to save himself, the spokesman strongly denounced these "brutalities" .
"The inhuman excesses committed by the forces at Hamgiwera Pattan, beating and injuring inmates of the houses, ransacking homes and destroying belongings is shameful and highly deplorable. People will never be brought into submission by such atrocities," the spokesman added.