Terming the October 10, 1965 as black day in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, the J&K Awami Action Committee (AAC) has said the day marks the arrest of the party founder Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq along with dozens leaders and thousands of activists of AAC for representing people’s sentiments and aspirations and raising voices for truth and justice.
Mirwaiz Farooq was arrested and jailed for almost three years without any trial. He was kept in solitary confinement at interrogation centre in Satwari Jail Jammu and also subjected to severe torture and harassment for his political beliefs.
The Awami Action Committee annually observes October 10 as “Prisoners Day”. However no function could be organised due to the continued illegal house detention of party chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. “Despite pressures and continued incarceration of AAC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Awami Action Committee stands firm on its principled and fundamental stand seeking a peaceful and just solution to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir ,” the statement added.
Even today, scores of political leaders, activists and youth continue to languish in jails. The AAC demanded the release of all detainees, including its chairman.—KMS