Govt disallows Hurriyat (G) seminar

Thursday disallowed a seminar of Hurriyat Conference (G) by blocking all the roads leading to the venue and placing curbs on the movement of separatist leaders.

The seminar was scheduled to be held at Hurriyat (G) headquarters at Hyderpora, which is also the residence of amalgam’s chairman Syed Ali Geelani.
A Hurriyat (G) spokesperson said prominent religious scholars, intellectuals and separatist leaders were invited to speak on the seminar titled, “Kashmir Problem in the light of Right to Self-determination”.

While Geelani continues to be under house arrest at his Hyderpora residence, authorities placed Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and other separatist leaders under house arrest.
JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik is lodged in central jail, Srinagar. He was arrested yesterday.

A Hurriyat (G) spokesman said a large contingent of police deployed on Airport road prevented the participants, journalists and Hurriyat activists from entering Geelani’s residence, the venue for the seminar.
He said Hurriyat leaders including Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Mohammad Yusuf Naqash, Mohammad Yasin Ataie and Syed Imtiyaz Hyder were detained and lodged in different police stations.

The spokesman strongly denounced curbs on political activities and warned of dire consequences.
“We condemn the move of police to disallow holding of seminar. It is undemocratic and worst form dictatorial rule. The government is even denying us the right to hold academic events,” he said and alleged, “Delhi groomed henchmen in the state are implementing RSS agenda”.