‘Arrest of Navlakha, others betrays Modi’s fascist policy’ » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, August 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have condemned the raid on the residence of famous Indian journalist and human rights activist, Gautam Navlakha, and his subsequent arrest terming it as manifestation of fascist policy of Narendra Modi-led Indian government.

Navalakha and Indian novelist Arundhati Roy have been highlighting the worst human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir, have been on the hit list of Hindu extremist groups.

Besides, Navalakha, four other human rights activists including Varavara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj and Arun Fereira were also picked up by the Maharashtra Police from different locations on Tuesday.Police had earlier also arrested Shoma Sen, Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawale, Antachi Chalwal, Surendra Gadling and Mahesh Raut for having links Maoist groups.

The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while commenting on Navalakha’s arrest in a statement in Srinagar said, “The voices of those who speak about human rights issues in Kashmir, or who talk about excesses by the Indian forces or those who talk against Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) are being silenced.”

“There is no political approach which has been adopted by Modi and only the military approach has been adopted. The AFSPA, cordon and search operations (CASO) are also continuing. There were many positive statements given by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Kashmir which has not been reciprocated with a favourable reaction,” the Mirwaiz deplored.

“People like Gautam Navlakha and Arundhati Roy were very active in Kashmir and they have been targeted,” he said and added that even Indian citizens who talked against their army or AFSPA were termed as “anti-national” by the Hindu extremist groups. “There is a need for Indian academics, intelligentsia and educated class to speak up—if not for Kashmir they need to speak about their own people.”

Hurriyat leader Javaid Ahmad Mir, said, “Raids on human rights activist Navlakha betrayed use of excessive force. Both Arundhati and Navlakha have supported our cause. They also supported our hunger strikes in Delhi,” he added.

APHC leader Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar said, “In 2008, when Arundhati Roy came to Kashmir, she saw millions of people chanting slogans in favour of azadi (freedom) at the tourist reception centre ground in Srinagar. She had seen for herself that people are demanding freedom. A case registered against her and we have always welcomed the support of people like Arundhati for Kashmir’s cause.” He added that Navlakha “has always been raising his voice against human rights violations in Kashmir.”

Hurriyat leaders said that the arrest of Navlakha betrayed the fascist policy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has also adopted a stringent military approach in Kashmir.

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