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Continuous house detention taking toll on Geelani’s health: APHC

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Strongly condemning continued house imprisonment of its chairman Syed Ali Geelani, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has said the unjustified curbs and continuous house detention are taking a heavy toll on his health.

“If any untoward happens to him, New Delhi and local rulers shall have to face the consequences,” a spokesman of the Hurriyat, in a statement said Saturday.
“The imprisonment of amalgam leaders has no constitutional and moral justification.  The police are suppressing the peaceful voices with the use of gun.  They have invented a new process of house arrests and banning political activities of Geelani and other leaders. Police and authorities never produced any legal justification for this illegal house arrest process and they never explained that under which act or section of the law is Geelani being imprisoned in his house. This lawlessness continued in Omar Abdullah’s rule and now PDP government is following the suit in its rule,” the spokesman said. 

“For the past seven years, Geelani has been barred from offering religious obligations and Eid prayers and even disallowed to attend funerals.  Today more contingent of police were deployed and no one was allowed to meet him,” the spokesman said, adding that “stopping the pro-freedom leader from performing his religious and social responsibilities is gross violation of human rights and interference in the personal and religious rights.”

Lashing out at the Mehbooba Mufti, the spokesman said, “While in opposition she often criticised the National Conference for placing Geelani under continuous house arrest and now in treasury benches, she is following the foot prints of Omar Abdullah.” 

“What is the justification in turning his residence into a sub-jail?,” the spokesman said, adding that “nobody and not even media and his family are allowed to meet him.”