Use of police force on TeH activists widely denounced

Srinagar, August 24, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders and organizations have condemned the use of police force by Indian authorities on Tehreek-e-Hurriyet activists outside the residence of veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, at Hyderpora in Srinagar. The All Parties Hurriyet Conference in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “All claims of upholding democratic values by the so called elected champions of democracy stand exposed time and again and are a grim reminder of the fact that Kashmir is a police state.”

The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement termed the use of force by Indian police on protesters “barbaric and state terrorism”. “Mufti led government has no justification in imposing undue restrictions upon the peaceful activities of leaders. The use of brute force against the leaders and activists is extremely condemnable,” Shabbir Shah, who is under detention in Delhi along with Moulana Abdullah Tari, said in a statement.

He said Mufti Sayed should acknowledge defeat and must admit he’s helpless before his masters New Delhi. Terming the use of tear gas and Lathi charge against the TeH activists as terrorist acts, Shah said, “No such example of barbarism can be found in any civilized nation.” He condemned and expressed strong anger over the arrest of TeH Secretary General Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and other leaders.

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