Srinagar, April 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have placed the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other senior Hurriyet leaders under house arrest to prevent them from visiting the residence of Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Guru at Doabgah in Sopore.
The other Hurriyet leaders who have been placed under house arrest include Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Zafar Akbar Butt, Masroor Abbas and Syed Saleem Gilani. Mukhtar Ahmad Waza was arrested and lodged at Sherbagh Police Station in Islamabad.
The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik continued to remain under house arrest.
The APHC Chairman in a statement warned the authorities against lodging Hurriyet leaders and activists with criminal prisoners in jails. He said that the authorities were subjecting them to political vendetta in clear violation of political and ethical norms.
Protest demonstrations continued for the second consecutive day, today, in Shopian against the arrest of youth by Indian police. People raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans during the protests. Several were injured when police used brute force against the protesters in the area.
Hurriyet leaders, Yasmeen Raja, Firdous Ahmad Shah, Bashir Ahmad Andrabi and Abdul Ahad Para in their separate statements condemned the ongoing crackdown and arrest operations in the territory.
According to the data, compiled by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, Indian troops in their stepped-up state terrorism martyred 11 innocent Kashmiris including one in custody during the last month of March. 205 persons including Hurriyet leaders and activists were arrested and 453 were injured in violent Indian police action on protesters in the territory.
In London, the Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International has launched a global petition on social networking sites, including Facebook, urging the puppet Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to take a stand of zero tolerance for human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. The Amnesty demanded an end to police abuses and repeated detentions under the draconian Public Safety Act and other preventive laws.
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