Pro-freedom conglomerate, the Hurriyat Conference, on Wednesday said that its leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was still under house arrest and demanded his release.
The amalgam contested Indian deputy home minister G Kishan Reddy’s statement in Parliament that no person is currently under house arrest in Indian-administered Kashmir.
In a statement, the Hurriyat said that a police vehicle has been permanently stationed outside the Mirwaiz’s Nigeen residence since August 2019 and he is not allowed to move out.
“If that is not house arrest, then what is? If he is not under house arrest, then why is he not allowed to come out of his house? Mirwaiz will complete one-and-a-half years under detention on February 5,” the Hurriyat said.
It said instead of such “misleading statements” by India, its authorities should immediately end the house detention of the Mirwaiz and also “release unconditionally” others arrested on the eve of August 5, 2019.
Replying to a question in the upper house of the Indian parliament, Reddy said the the disputed Kashmir region has been fully integrated into the mainstream of the nation after the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile state.
The minister said various measures were taken in the interest of security and public order which included preventive detention of certain persons.
“Since August 1, 2019, 613 persons including ‘separatists’, overground workers, stone pelters, etc. were detained at various points of time. Out of these, based on regular review and ground situation, 430 persons have been released till date,” he said in a written reply to a question.
The minister also said that the Kashmir administration has further reported that no person is under house arrest.