Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leaders protest against ‘ill-treatment’ to prisoners  

Srinagar, Jan 12: The leaders and activists of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Geelani protested on Friday against the alleged harassment and ill treatment meted out to prisoners lodged in Tihar and other jails.

A party statement issued to GNS said the leaders and activists while protesting at various places called upon people to boycott the upcoming Local Bodies elections.

“Those killing innocents don’t deserve vote and support. They are hand in glove with killer forces,” the leaders said and urged people to stay away from “election drama”.

Meanwhile, the statement said that Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Mohd Rafiq Owasi, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Meraj u Din Rabbani, and Mudasir Ahmad Bhat addressed people in Hyderpora, Anantnag, Lal Chowk, Zainakot and Khimber.

Tehreek-e-Huriyat leaders including Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Ishfaq Ahmad Khan and Rameez Raja led a protest demonstration in Hyderpora and told people that “we are duty bound to safeguard cherished sacrifices and participation in elections tantamount to treason with the blood of martyrs”.

They also expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health condition of Kashmiri detainees in Tihar Jail and demanded their immediate shifting to valley.

They appealed to Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other international organisations for human rights to take cognizance of the plight of these detainees and use influence for their release.

Meanwhile, the Hurriyat Conference in a statement condemned the detention of amalgam spokesperson, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, and leaders Bilal Sidiqee, Umer Adil Dar and demanded their immediate release. (GNS)