The Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has strongly denounced the reign of terror and arrest spree unleashed by Indian police and troops against the Kashmiri youth.
The forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India had waged an undeclared war against the people of the territory. He said that rights of the people were being trampled under the jackboots of the police and other forces. The forces’ personnel have hardly spared any house in Kashmir where inmates have not been intimidated, tortured or bullied by them, he said.
The spokesman paid tributes to the Kashmiri people especially the youth for their unflinching quest for freedom despite facing the worst kind of Indian state terrorism.
He deplored the plight of the illegally detained Kashmiris lodged in different jails. “There are no proper heating arrangements for the prisoners to deal with the biting cold. The jail manuals are repeatedly violated by the jail authorities. The prisoners including Hurriyet leaders and a large number of youth are being denied even basic facilities in the jails,” he said.
The spokesman condemned the continued house arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other resistance leaders including Syed Ali Gilani and Shahid-ul-Islam. He maintained that despite India’s brutal tactics, the people of Kashmir would continue their struggle to secure their right to self-determination.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith Jammu and Kashmir in a statement in Srinagar also expressed concern over the continued illegal detention of innocent people including students.
He said that many of the inmates had developed various ailments during the detention. He demanded immediate release of all Kashmiri prisoners languishing in different jails.—KMS