Three executive members of resistance amalgam, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference? were denied permission to meet their Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
In a statement, the APHC Executive members Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone and Masroor Abbas strongly condemned Mirwaiz’s “continued and arbitrary house detention” since August 2019.
The members said that outside Mirwaiz’s residence mobile bunkers and armed vehicles have been stationed, manned by CRPF and the Jammu and Kashmir police personnel and the road is partially blocked from both sides and no one is allowed to go inside.
They said that when they went to meet Mirwaiz to inquire about his health post his Covid recovery, the armed personnel stationed outside stopped them and sent them away.
The APHC said this “despotic attitude of the ruling class towards Mirwaiz is highly regrettable”.
The trio lamented that all of Mirwaiz’s fundamental rights and civil liberties stand completely curbed for the last two years. “He has been caged inside his home- arbitrarily at the will of the rulers, for firmly standing by Hurriyat’s principled stand of peaceful resolution of Kashmir conflict in accordance with the people’s aspirations,” the trio said in a statement issued in Srinagar.
The executive members said that they seek his immediate release from “illegal arbitrary house detention by the state authorities”, and appealed to all rights activists and organizations and all democracies of the world to ensure his release and restoration of his human rights.