Srinagar, June 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyet forum has strongly condemned the continued house detention of its Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and barring him from carrying out social and religious duties in the holy month of Ramadan.

A spokesman of the forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the detention had become a routine affair whereby the authorities caged and prevented him from performing his obligations as a religious and political leader.

He also denounced the continued detention of senior Hurriyet leader, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, who is lodged in Sheerbagh, Anantnag. Police station “Waza is suffering from multiple diseases and confining him to police custody can further aggravate his health condition,” he added.

The spokesman said that scores of Kashmiri prisoners continued to languish in various prisons across India, and despite court orders regarding their release, they continued to remain in prisons.

“There are many prisoners who have already completed their term and yet aren’t released as part of the political vendetta by the Indian government. These prisoners are also deprived of the basic facilities prescribed in the jail manuals thereby making their lives difficult inside the four walls of prisons at a time when temperatures across India are soaring,” he deplored.

The spokesman said that many pro-freedom leaders, including Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Shakeel Bakhshi, Masarat Alam Butt and dozens of other pro-freedom leaders continued to remain in prisons, which was highly condemnable.

He said that the authorities had crossed all limits of oppression and all the democratic values were being thrown into trash while dealing with the pro-freedom leaders in Kashmir.

The spokesperson urged the international rights bodies to take strong note of the condition of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in various jails and make efforts for their release.

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