While terming the massive crackdown on the pro-freedom camp to stop the proposed “Million March” program as frustration and acceptance of defeat by the Indian government, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani said that to sabotage the scheduled “Million March” program, the puppet state government on the direction of Indian home ministry has started a massive process of arrests, raids and search operations in every nock and corner of the state. The state government with the help of police and army arrested hundreds of pro-freedom leaders and activists so far which include Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, Faroz Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Molvi Bashir Ahmad, Mohammad Yousuf Lone Kupwara, Hafizullah Mir Islamabad, Abdul Gani Bhat Sopore, Ghulam Mustafa Wani Baramullah, Saif-ud-din Mir Handwara, Ghulam Hassan Galoura, Abdul Rashid Uri, Mohammad Ayoub Khan Pulwama, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Mohammad Yaseen Attaai, Master Ali Mohamad Bandipora, Manzoor Ahmad Kalou Sopore, Nazir Ahmad Shah Sopore, Bashir Ahmad Sofi Baramullah, Bashir Ahmad Suallah Baramullah, Habibullah Gojri Handwara, Abdul Rehman Tantray, Haji Ghulam Mohammad Mir, Ali Mohammad Shaikh (Kupwara) who have been either placed under house arrest or detained in different police stations and jails while as police and army have raided residences of hundreds of pro-freedom leaders and activists including Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din, Bilal Ahmad Siddiqi, Saleem Zargar, Abdul Ahad Parra, Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Andrabi, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Tashoq Ahmad Banday, Andul Majid Rather Budgam, Shakeel Ahmad Yatoo and Nazir Ahmad Fullay (Shopian). Police has also raided the district offices of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and had asked the office staff to close the offices and leave. While strongly condemning the government actions, Syed Ali Geelani said that we are not scared of arrests and restrictions and we will continue with our “Million March” program come what may. Syed Ali Geelani said that the arrests and crackdown on the pro-freedom people is the result of the directions of the Indian Home Ministry in which they have passed directions to their local agents in Kashmir to keep close vigil at the movements of the pro-freedom people. He said that these types of directions and actions prove that the Indian government and their agents in Kashmir had virtually accepted their defeat and they are scared of facing the pro-freedom leadership of Kashmir on democratic front. India had never honored the wishes and sentiments of the Kashmiri people and had always tried to quell the every peaceful voice of Kashmir which is raised against their illegal and forced occupation. Syed Ali Geelani said that despite the strict restrictions, arrests, raids and other oppressive measures, our Million March program will definitely take its practical shape in any way and preparation with this regard are at its peak. While terming the proposed “Million March” a historic occasion, Syed Ali Geelani appealed all the pro-freedom people to work for the success of this program and come out in huge numbers from every village, town and city of the state to send a clear and strong message to the world that the Kashmiris will never give-up their demand for plebiscites and they will accept nothing less than complete freedom. Syed Ali Geelani appealed the people especially the youths who are going to take part in the Million March program on 7th November to remain peaceful and show extreme spirit of discipline on that day. While issuing directions to the general public, Hurriyat Chairman further said that the people should strictly follow the guidelines and program of the leadership and don’t let the evil and wicked designs of India to succeed. Meanwhile Syed Ali Geelani strongly condemned the stripping of cloths of youths and subjecting them to sever custodial torture in Shargarh police station and said that the police and administration is pushing the youths to the walls and instead of peaceful means, they are forced to adopt other options of resistance.
2015 Kashmir Despatch