Decries detention of resistance leaders
The committee for the release of political prisoners (CRPP) has condemned the “confinement” of its president, Prof SAR Geelani, “since early morning at his residence in Zakir Nagar, New Delhi.”
In a statement issued by it the committee said Prof Geelani “is being prevented from organizing a protest before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters in New Delhi against the continuing harassment of the leadership of Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the broad sections of the people.”
“As part of this program the leadership of Hurriyat—Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq—were supposed to join in New Delhi. All the three have been arrested yesterday night in Srinagar,” it said.
“To trample down the right to hold a protest in New Delhi before the NIA headquarters to highlight the continuing harassment of the protesting people and the leadership of Hurriyat in J & K due to their uncompromising political positions once again shows the desperation of the Indian state to not let the larger world know what is happening in the region,” it said.
“We at the CRPP while condemning the arrests of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq demand that the continuing house arrest of Prof. SAR Geelani be revoked with immediate effect,” it said.