Srinagar, September 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, ahead of the so-called upcoming local bodies’ elections, the authorities have started a fresh crackdown on Hurriyat leaders, detaining several activists and leaders under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA).

At least five Hurriyat activists were arrested over the past few days, while raids were conducted at a dozen places for more arrests.

Authorities have also started an e-crackdown on social media accounts of Hurriyat organizations. The Facebook pages of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) and its Chairman, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, have been blocked.

The DFP in a statement said that the Facebook page of Shabbir Shah had been blocked. “He is undergoing illegal detention at Tihar Jail in New Delhi. DFP’s telephone connections and website have also been snapped or blocked since the day Shabbir Shah was arrested by India’s National Investigation Agency on July 25, 2017,” it added.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chief Spokesman, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, told media that the authorities detained several leaders and booked them under the PSA. “They have been shifted to Jammu jails,” he added.

Among those who have been detained under the PSA include Farooq Ahmed Shah, Feroz Ahmed Khan, Ramzan Sheikh and Muhammad Amin. Amin, a resident of Kulgam, works as a cook in the APHC office.

Feroz Ahmed Khan is affiliated with Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League. Another Hurriyat activist, Umar Adil Dar, was slapped with PSA last month.

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