Sehrai denounces ‘arrest spree’
Srinagar: Condemning fresh arrest spree and detention of leaders and activists under PSA and their imprisonment in jails within and outside the Valley, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai Tuesday said that the detention of Kashmiri people is motivated by the prisoner’s politics.
In a statement issued here, Sehrai said that the government and state machinery has always responded to this renewed freedom struggle through ‘brutal mass detentions’ and opposing the repression of political dissent in Kashmir through military violence and illegal detentions
“Under laws like the Public Safety Act (PSA) the state authorities have imprisoned hundreds of Kashmiri youth, activists and leaders before any elections. This oppression is a clear evidence of Jammu Kashmir being a police state and the civil administration is actually playing as a puppet and their only job is to provide a legal cover for the crimes and acts of terror committed by the forces,” he said, adding that today hundreds of innocent youth including under-aged are being put behind bars under PSA.
“State Authorities and Police were jointly trampling humanity under their boots by slapping Public Safety Act brazenly. Strongly denouncing such ruthless approach,” Sehrai said, adding that “police have declared a war on Kashmir youth and reiterated such policy of crushing the separatist leadership through the might of power and military cannot prevent the people from demanding their right to self determinations.”
Meanwhile, Sehrai accompanied by Mohd Ashraf Laya and Syed Imtiyaaz Haider visited the house of Advocate Shabir Ahmed Bhat on the demise of his Grandmother and prayed for departed soul and strength to bear the irreparable loss.
He also expressed his grief and sorrow and condoled with Mohammad Yousuf Makroo of ArwaniBijbehara over the demise of mother of his son-in-law.