Senior Peoples Democratic Party leader Firdous Tak Wednesday accused the government of “turning Jammu and Kashmir into a police state”.
“From Kashmir to Kishtwar, youth are being pushed to walls. While Delhi is beating drums of democracy, hundreds of innocent youth have been put behind bars on the name of precautionary measures,” Tak said.
He added that after the unfortunate and condemnable killing of a government employee in Kishtwar, nearly three dozen youth have been kept in “illegal confinement” by the police.
“Earlier also, some youth were kept behind bars for a month. They were later released as they were found innocent,” Tak said, adding that this time again, police has “resorted to a detention spree”.
“Such measure have only proved counterproductive in the past and has only led to resurfacing of militancy in the hilly district,” he said while demanding the immediate release of all the innocent youth detained by police in Kishtwar.
He alleged that even the family members of these youth are not being allowed to meet their wards, which is in contrary to the legal provisions. “While the culprits must be identified, arrested and taken to task, the innocent youth must not face the brunt of administrative failures,” he said, asking “Why police and NIA have failed to crack the murder of Parihar brothers?”
“The local residents have every right to raise fingers and doubt the very basics of counter measures being taken by administration in the name of investigation,” he said.