Srinagar: June 25(KMW): J&K Police raided the PPP headquarters, Rajbagh today afternoon around 3 p.m. and arrested the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (M) senior leader and People’s Political Party Chief, Engineer Hilal Ahmed War before lodging him in PS Maisuma.
War’s arrest is seen as a preventive measure by the State police to foil a possible protest on the eve of India’s 70th Republic Day.
Pertinently, War had urged the general masses of Kashmir to observe January 26 as black day “as Indian government has no right to celebrate its Republic Day on the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir.”
PPP spokesperson condemned War’s arrest in strong words saying it amounted to state oppression and a denial of right to expression.
“This highhandedness of the state shows the times we are living in. If one is not even allowed to demonstrate peacefully, it leaves a big void for violent demonstrations,” said the PPP spokesman.