Hurriyat forum concerned over crackdowns, arrests

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In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum, headed by its incarcerated Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has expressed grave concern over the crackdowns and indiscriminate arrests across the valley by Indian police and other forces.

The Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said that according to media reports more than 900 people had been arrested and detained which had naturally created an atmosphere of fear and panic among the people.

It said, instead of releasing hundreds of Kashmiris, languishing for years in jails of India and the territory, more arrests are carried out which only leads to further deterioration of the situation and makes the matters worse.

Asserting that bullying, coercion, beatings and arrests are not the solution, forum said the authorities rather should take comprehensive and concrete steps to resolve the long-standing Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people so that the lasting peace and security could be established in the region.—KMS

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