‘Are we living in martial law times?’ Ask Kashmiri leader

Greater Kashmir report
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday expressed serious concern over alleged violation of prisoners’ rights at the Srinagar central jail and “use of brute force against protesting inmates”.
While talking to reporters during an election meeting , Mehbooba said that it looks like the government of India “wants to turn the Srinagar central jail into another Guantanamo Bay”, a US military prison camp.
“Prisoners are entitled to fundamental human rights. Use of brute force to quell protests after alleged desecration of Quran is outright violation of such rights. Government of India wants to turn Kashmir into an open air prison and convert normal jails into Guantanamo,” the PDP president alleged.
She also lashed out at the authorities for “creating a sense of siege which saw a sub-divisional magistrate being roughed up by army personnel in south Kashmir”.
She demanded action against those involved in the incident, the statement read.
“There are reports that a sub-divisional magistrate, along with his some of his staff members, has been roughed up by some security personnel and even their mobile phones have been damaged.
Such an unruly behaviour has become a norm. I condemn this high-handedness and seek exemplary punishment against those found guilty,” the statement quoted Mehbooba as having said.
“Earlier we saw a cancer patient being stopped and not allowed to travel on the highway. Now we are told he is no more. God knows what Governor sahib has turned the whole thing into. Are we living in martial law times?” she asked, according to the statement.
Hurriat urges people to stay away from polling
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has urged people to stay away from polling and observe shutdown on April 18 in Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts.
He said, “All pro-India parties and their leaders are least bothered about miseries of people. Instead, they are desperate to get to the power corridors. We are passing through a crucial period of our struggle. It is a litmus test for our conscience, morality and commitment to the movement just like we did during 2017 parliamentary election in Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts,” the statement stated.
He said all mainstream leaders including fresh entrants have a common goal to carry forward New Delhi’s agenda in Kashmir. “Shedding crocodile tears on 35-A, 370, AFSPA, PSA or riding a deceitful slogan of change, all of them sail in the same boat,” Geelani said.
Hurriyat chairman said, “Conscious nations always strive hard to safeguard the future of their coming generations and we have got the opportunity to prove ourselves once again.”

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