Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani Saturday alleged that the government, through arrests of pro-freedom leaders and youth, was raising false alarms about the repetition of last yearâ€™s summer unrest.
â€œ3900 people have been arrested already, and in order to justify this â€œjail bharoâ€ movement, the government is creating false apprehensions of a 2010 like unrest taking place again this year,â€ Geelani said in a tele-statement from New Delhi.
Geelani also termed Kashmir interlocutor, Radha Kumarâ€™s statement about youth being released on the interlocutorsâ€™ recommendation a â€œcrude joke.â€
â€œTo crush the freedom movement of Kashmiris, New Delhi and the state administration have designed a conspiracy under which not only pro-freedom leaders are to be detained in jails for longer periods but any Kashmiri who dares walk with his head held high would be jailed,â€ he said.
Geelani said the government was justifying the â€œpre-emptive massive arrests of youth and pro-freedom leadersâ€ on the flimsy pretext of the situation taking a violent turn this summer too. Â â€œThere are two reasons for this evil-designed policy: New Delhiâ€™s traditional stubbornness towards resolving the Kashmir issue and the National Conferenceâ€™s policy of political vendetta.â€
Geelani alleged that the police had tuned the arrest of youth into â€œa profitable business.â€, saying Â SHOs ” are taking full advantage of this arrest policy and lakhs of rupees are being extorted from Â helpless parents against the release their children, part of which goes to the police.”
He said those police officers who refuse to be part of â€œthis ransom businessâ€ are transferred to other departments.
â€œUnfortunately, New Delhi fails to understand that this repressive policy may pro-long the sufferings of Kashmiri people but wonâ€™t undermine their will and resolve for freedom. They think that like Sheikh Abdullah, they can keep pro-freedom leaders in jails and then get them to compromise. But times have changed. Today, this freedom movement is not dependent on a few leaders, but the entire Kashmiri nation is safeguarding it. They will not allow anybody to repeat the mistake of 1975.â€
Geelani also took a dig at ruling National Conference, saying the pro-India party was trying to prove more loyal than the king.