Srinagar, June 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has said that instead of releasing the Kashmiri political prisoners on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, New Delhi has booked them in fresh cases which clearly exhibit arrogance of Indian state against the Kashmiris.

A DFP spokesman in a statement in Srinagar strongly condemning the booking of illegally detained party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, and other Hurriyat leaders in fresh fake cases said that such acts only strengthen the political stance of Hurriyat leadership.

The spokesman said that Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Aasiya Andrabi and Masarrat Alam Butt were booked by India’s infamous National Investigation Agency (NIA) just a day before Eid-ul-Fitr, ignoring calls and demands from various quarters to release the Kashmiri political prisoners on the eve of the yearly festival of Muslims. He said, Shabbir Shah was arrested by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in July 2017 in Srinagar and was immediately shifted to New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail where he remains lodged till date. Shabbir Shah’s health has serious deteriorated since he was lodged in the jail and irony is that despite several court orders he has not been provided suitable medical treatment putting his life in danger, he added.

The DFP spokesman said that arresting Shabbir Shah while he was already behind the bars proved that New Delhi and its government institutions only wanted to punish Shabbir Shah for fearlessly advocating right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and working for the resolution of the long pending Kashmir dispute.

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