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Geelani, Malik condemn use of force against Muharam processions

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Srinagar, September 19: All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani strongly condemned the use of force against the Muharam processions in different parts of the valley.

Terming the police action as a sheer interference in the religious matters of the Muslims, the Hurriyat leader, in a statement issued today, castigated the police administration for imposing undeclared curfew within the boundaries of nine police stations of Srinagar city in addition to the different towns of the valley.

The Hurriyat leader also condemned the widespread arrest spree of the participants of the Muharam processions including Tehreek-e-Wahdati Islami, chairman Nisar Hussain Rather, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Ali Mohammad Rather, Shabir Hussain Dar, Mohammad Qasim Bhat, Mohammad Afzal Bahar in addition to hundreds of participants, lodged in Ram Munshi Bagh, Kothibagh, Maisuma, Shaheed Gunj, Dalgate and other police stations.

In the mean time, the Hurriyat leader expressed his grave concern on the persecution of innocent people especially the youth on the pretext of cordon and search operation in the nook and corner of the valley at the hands of occupation forces, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement condemned ‘the onslaught against Muharam procession across the valley especially in Srinagar today.’

JKLF chairman said that Srinagar was sealed by barricades, restrictions and curfew and when mourners defied these barricades they were showered upon with Pellets, Tear smoke shells and Lathees resulting in injuries to many mourners.

JKLF chairman also condemned the arrest of hundreds of mourners and termed this highhandedness as direct interference in religious affairs.

Malik also condemned the attacks by some goons on Kashmiri businessmen in Manali Hiamchal Predesh India.


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