SRINAGAR, June 15 : Police today arrested Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, chief spokesperson of Hurriyat Conference (G) led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Gulzar was arrested by police from his residence this morning. Geelani termed the arrest as “illegal, unlawful and unjustified”. He said that political space is denied and a situation of uncertainty is being created in the State.
By pushing people to the wall, Delhi will achieve nothing, Hurriyat (G) chairman said asking the Government of India to face the political leaders and workers on political turf.
In the meantime, Government has accorded sanction for prosecution of seven Hurriyat Conference leaders in Hajin Bandipora for protesting in 2015 against the detention under PSA of Masarat Alam, chairman Muslim League.
Masarat Alam has been detained and booked under the PSA following the 2010 unrest that leftover 100 people dead in the Kashmir. On October 30, 2012, Alam was booked under PSA for running the 2010 mass agitation. He was released on March 1, 2015. However, his release sparked political storm after Indian media hyped his release, terming him as a “threat to peace.” Since then, he has been booked repeatedly. Recently he was slapped 38 PSA detention order by the Government.
According to an order issued by State’s Home Department, on 24 April 2015, Police Station Hajin received information through sources that after offering Friday prayers, some Hurriyat Conference affiliated persons- Assadullah Parray, Showkat Ahmad Hajam alias Hakeem, Mehraj-ud-din Gojree, Abdul Majeed Lone, Masroor Ahmad Rather, Ali Mohammad Dar alias Master and Abdul Hamid Parray alias Gadai have assembled at Bus Stand Hajin to protest against the detention under PSA of Masarat Alam and “provoking the general Public against sovereignty and integrity of Nation by raising anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans besides preaching than to support militant organizations.”
It said a case FIR No. 22/2015 U/S 13 UAPA, 1967 was registered at Police station Hajin and the investigation was taken up.
“The Authority appointed by the State Government under sub-Section (2) of Section 45 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, has independently scrutinized the Case Diary file and all the other relevant documents relating to the case and has come to a definite conclusion that this is a fit case for accord of prosecution sanction against the accused persons”, read the order.
Subsequently, the Government ordered prosecution against the seven persons for commission of offence punishable under Section 13 UAP Act arising out of the FIR (No.22/2015) of Police Station Hajin.