Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has condemned the “harassment and detentions” in different parts of valley on the eve of Republic Day Celebrations. He said that Kashmir Valley has been converted into a police state.
Criticizing the action of the government of giving free passage to the security forces in various areas of Downtown, Srinagar, the party’s spokesperson said that by doing these things in the name of security, they are indulging in ‘atrocities’ on the innocent people. Expressing the anguish over the massive presence of government forces around the historic Jamia Masjid in Sringar and other areas on Friday, he said that these measures cannot be justified by any means. The party said such an atmosphere is creating fear and is complicating the problems for people.
He said that heavy security measures have become a hurdle for people coming to offer Friday congregational prayers at Kashmir’s main mosque.
Meanwhile, reacting to news reports that said a number of Kashmiri youth undergoing internship with various organizations in Delhi under the Udaan scheme are being forced to return to Kashmir even before their internship was completed, the Hurriyat (M) spokesman slammed the decision saying it is clear that they are playing with their future.
“The scheme was started – after the strong criticism at local and international level for killing more than 100 youth in 2010 – to provide employment to the unemployed educated youth of Kashmir, but now all this has proved to be another empty promise,” he said.
Heavy security arrangements were made in the valley for the smooth functioning of Republic Day celebrations. Meanwhile, mobile internet services were snapped in Kashmir on January 26 as a “precautionary measure” at around 8 AM. The services were however resumed in the afternoon. The valley is also observing shutdown on the strike call given by separatists.
Republic Day celebrations have peacefully passed in the valley without any untoward incident reported in any part of the state.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and former chief minister Omar Abdullah attended the Republic Day function at Bakhshi Stadium, Srinagar.