Srinagar, May 25, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has demanded immediate and unconditional release of all illegally detained Kashmiris including Hurriyet leaders and activists.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that scores of youth were arrested by Indian police after peoples’ boycott of the recently held sham polls in the territory. He pointed out that boycotting elections was the democratic right of every citizen but occupied Kashmir was the only region in the world where the authorities deemed it to be a crime to be punished with arrests, torture and harassment.
He expressed serious concern over the continued illegal detention of Hurriyet leader, Ameer Hamza, and his shifting to an unknown location from Bandipora police station. Senior leader of Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, in a statement in Srinagar denounced the re-arrest of liberation leader, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, by the police after his release on court orders from Baramulla sub-jail. He said that such tactics could not subdue the Kashmiris’ liberation sentiment.
The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in a statement in Srinagar condemning the continued illegal detention of its leaders, Hakim Showkat and Moulvi Sajjad, termed it political reprisal.
The Chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir Women’s Democratic Forum, Tanveer Fatima, led a demonstration at Press Enclave in Srinagar, today, to demand justice for the two women who were abducted, raped and subsequently killed in Shopian by Indian men in uniform, five years ago. Talking to media persons on the occasion, she appealed to the Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other human rights organizations to conduct a probe into Shopian incident and other such cases of serious rights abuses in the territory.
An Indian army vehicle fled after hitting a private vehicle at Sonamarg. At least six policemen were injured after Indian army personnel beat them up when they tried to take possession of the army vehicle and the troops involved in the hit-and-run incident on the complaint of the driver of the private vehicle.
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