Srinagar, May 4: Authorities on Friday barred Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani from offering Friday prayers at Masjid Iqra in Lal Chowk, a party spokesperson said.
In a statement issued to GNS, the spokesperson said Geelani was stopped after he defied house arrest restrictions, adding that police forces outside his residence did not allow him to venture out to march towards Masjid Iqra.
He said that large contingents of police and CRPF were deployed on main roads leading to the residence of Syed Ali Geelani and no one was allowed to move out of Hurriyat office.
Hurriyat (G) on May 2 had announced that Syed Ali Geelani will offer Friday congregational prayers. The resistance leadership had also planned to stage a peaceful protest against civilian killings in Shopian.
Meanwhile, lashing out at authorities, Syed Ali Geelani said, “Delhi groomed authorities have unleashed a reign of terror against innocent civilians in state. Even innocent students are being mercilessly killed.”
He said by placing curbs and detaining resistance leaders, the government was denying them to stage peaceful protests.
Geelani said Kashmiris will continue with their struggle till freedom is achieved. He said the sacrifices of youth won’t go waste and nobody will be allowed to play with their sacrifices.
“We will never surrender or succumb to pressure but will pursue our cherished mission till it is taken to its logical conclusion. Nowhere on earth are such repressive measures employed by authorities,” Geelani said and urged youth to demonstrate steadfastness and commitment.
Geelani also expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health condition of senior resistance leader Shabir Ahmad Shah in Tihar Jail, saying that he is suffering from multiple ailments; however, he is not being provided specific treatment. “The incarcerated leader is being subjected to political vendetta,” Geelani said.
“Those languishing in jails including Masarat Aalam Bhat , Dr Gh Mohd Bhat, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zahoor Ahmed Watali, Shahid Yusuf, Dr Qassim Faktoo, Dr Shafi Shariati, Gh Qadir Bhat, Tariq Ahmad Dar, Manzoor Ahmad, Mohd Muzaffar Dar, Gh Mohd Khan Sopori, Ameer Hamza, Ab Gani Bhat, Mir Hafeez Ullah, Mohd Yousuf Falahi, Raies Ahmad Dar, Shakeel Ahmad Yatoo and Mohammad Yousuf Mir and others are meted out ill treatment and in absence of proper medical care they are facing immense hardships. Despite their falling health no medical treatment or care is provided to them,” he added.
Lashing out at authorities, Geelani said they have virtually turned state into a prison and basic rights are denied and trampled by authorities.
Geelani criticized authorities for placing Mohd Ashraf Sehrai and Mohd Ashraf Laya under continuous house arrest. He urged people to boycott all upcoming elections, saying that it provides Indian leadership opportunity to mislead world community.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (G) staged protest against at Hyderpora continuous house detention of Syed Ali Geelani and the civilian killings in Shopian, Pulwama and Anantnag, the statement said. (GNS)