Indo-Pak Affairs

APHC leaders detained under black law

Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has accused the government of detaining a large number of pro-movement leaders and activists under black laws and subjecting them to physical and mental torture.

In a statement, a spokesman of APHC alleged that the special operation group (SoG) of police was raiding the residences of the pro- freedom movement leaders and activists and harassing their families to mount pressure on them. “This is being done to ensure the conduct of assembly elections in the state,” he said, terming it as reflection of sheer ‘Nazism’.

The spokesman alleged that half a dozen personnel in civvies, created a scene for about an hour by beating doors and walls of the residential house of Muhammad Altaf Shah, head of the Hurriyat legal cell and son-in-law of Syed Ali Shah Geelani. “It caused a tremendous harassment to the inmates of house in the absence of Altaf Shah,” he said, adding that Hurriyat has strongly condemned it.

“Altaf was shot at in November 2005 by unidentified armed men, injuring him grievously. He had to undergo treatment for a long time. As a result of this attack, he developed several diseases. Despite being aware of his indisposition, the government is subjecting him to harassment through SoG personnel,” reads the Hurriyat statement.-SANA

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