‘The so called NIA questioning’ can take place in Srinagar regional office also’
Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik on Monday strongly denounced the Government of India for widening its ambit of so called “investigations” by the NIA to harass and pressurize the leadership.
They said that the ‘questioning’ can be done in Srinagar regional office too however they are being summoned to Delhi in an environment where getting ‘physically harmed or even lynched is possible.
“After arbitrarily raiding the houses of leaders party activists and workers associated with the Hurriyat and some traders by the NIA, arbitrary notices were sent to them by the agency to come to Delhi for the so called investigation,” they said in a joint statement.
The Hurriyat leaders also pointed out that family members and relatives of the leaders were also issued notices by the NIA. They said that now notices are being issued to prestigious and esteemed educational and social institutions such as Anjuman Nusratul Islam and Auqaf Jamia Masjid associated with the leadership.
“Targeting these organizations and harassing those associated with it for political reasons of intimidation is ridiculous and completely unacceptable. The repercussions of these vengeful and arm twisting moves by the Government and its bearing on the situation in Kashmir will lie completely with those implementing these dirty ploys,” the statement said.
The joint statement said so far NIA has failed to bring forth any evidence against pro-freedom leaders despite raids and quizzing. The leadership said that this ploy which is a part of the greater plan conceived in the power corridors of New Delhi at the onset of year 2017.
“The plan is a multi pronged strategy which includes increase in military repression especially targeting of the youth, involving and implicating the valley’s pro-freedom leadership in false cases, re-opening previous cases against pro-freedom leaders, identifying and intimidating writers intellectuals civil society members and business community for their association with the peoples movement and giving voice to the extreme oppression happening here and economic strangulation of the people,” the statement pointed out.
They also pointed out that the so called ‘questioning’ can be held in Srinagar which is being held in Delhi.
“What is a matter of great concern to us is that all the notices served by the NIA for so called questioning of the concerned, ask them to come to New Delhi, whereas this “questioning” business can be done here in Srinagar at their regional office too.”
The said that there is threat of getting lynched in Delhi due to the hostile environment created by the GoI through it’s ‘vicious’ electronic media.
“The kind of hostile and anti-Kashmir sentiment and hatred created by the Government throughout India through its viscous and jingoistic electronic media poses a serious life threat to those who are served the notices and asked to come to New Delhi. The fear of being physically harmed or even lynched is very real in such circumstances. As such the leadership is seriously thinking that anyone who is served the notice by NIA for the so called “investigation” should not go to New Delhi.”
They warned the Government that the security of these people is their responsibility and if any harm comes to any of them, the government will be solely responsible for it.