Geelani condemns arrest, says Valley witnessing martial law like situation

Srinagar:
Condemning arrest of secretary Dawat-u-Tableeg, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani called it “an extreme type of vandalism and oppression”.
He said: “Valley is witnessing martial law like situation.”

Saturday in Hurriyat (G) statement, Geelani while lashing at state administration said: “It is highly deplorable that peaceful political leaders and activists are arrested on one pretext or the other and there is no moral or ethical justification for these arbitrary arrests.”

Huriyat (G) statement said: “Special prayers to commemorate martyrs of Kupwara massacre were organized in Kupwara in which leaders, activists and thousands of people participated.”
Later, statement said a procession led by Bashir Ahmad Qureshi and Zahoor-ul-Haq was taken out and people demanded fair investigation intom the killing.

Statement said the leaders urged authorities to take stringent action against those involved in gruesome killings.
Soon as the procession reached main chowk, police swung into action and besides resorting to disproportionate force, arrested Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, statement said.
Statement quoting Hurriyat (G) chairman said it is highly deplorable that authorities despite their tall claims of democracy and ‘Battle of Ideas’ are “trampling” all ethics and norms.

“Their rhetoric of democracy is hoax and instead, they strangulate genuine voices of people. They are scared and don’t tolerate the people’s assembly to remember the martyrs of nation,” statement quoting Geelani said, adding: “Whosoever dares to oppose their authority, his liberty and right to freedom is as such denied.”

“Hundreds of youth are still languishing in different jails, police lockups and torture centers. Instead of releasing these detainees, administration is arresting more and more youth. All these arbitrary arrests have led to uncertainty in state and the situation is deteriorating with every passing day,” statement quoting Geelani said.
Statement said Geelani in his appeal impressed upon international bodies of human rights to break their silence and take cognizance of these “violations and lawlessness”, created by authorities under the garb of “so called maintenance of law and order”.

Statement further said Geelani has also expressed his grief over the loss of lives following heavy snow fall and after avalanches hit residential houses in Gurez and its adjoining areas. While extending his heartfelt condolences to affected families, statement quoting Geelani said: “We stand with bereaved families and we feel for them.”
Statement said Geelani has urged affluent families to extend their generous support to those affected in recent snow storm.