Srinagar, November 16, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities in a move ostensibly to ensure that the so-called assembly elections are held at any cost, are carrying out a massive clampdown operation in the Kashmir Valley.
As many as 928 people, at an average of 300 detentions per week, have been held in several jails since elections were announced on October 25. More than half the detainees have been put behind the bars after being dubbed as “stone pelters” and “trouble mongers”.
Those who have been picked up include over 80 leaders of the Hurriyet, and over 100 former Mujahideen, media reports said. The clampdown began immediately after the Election Commission announced polls, and the detainees will stay behind bars until the end of the five-phase voting that closes on December 20, top police and intelligence officials told media.
Among prominent Kashmiri leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Gilani are under undeclared house arrest. Shabbir Ahmad Shah is in prison. Yasin Malik has recently been moved from prison to hospital for the treatment of a kidney ailment.
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