The CRPP condemns in the strongest of words the continuing confinement of CRPP President, Prof. SAR Geelani, since early morning at his residence in Zakir Nagar, New Delhi. He is being prevented from organizing a protest before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) head quarters in New Delhi against the continuing harassment of the leadership of Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the broad sections of the people. As part of this program the leadership of Hurriyat—Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq—were supposed to join in New Delhi. All the three have been arrested yesterday night in Srinagar.
To trample down the right to hold a protest in New Delhi before the NIA head quarters to highlight the continuing harassment of the protesting people and the leadership of Hurriyat in J & K due to their uncompromising political positions once again shows the desperation of the Indian state to not let the larger world know what is happening in the region as the dominant narrative of the mainstream media and the state has conflated into nationalist, jingoist rhetoric interspersed with constant war mongering with its neighbours. Notwithstanding the hyperbole of this rhetoric the executivisation of politics in India is further having its violent run in Jammu & Kashmir through the highly authoritarian instrument that is the National Investigation Agency to foist as many cases as possible on the rank and file of the Hurriyat so as to drum up the narrative of national jingoism as the only way out or the pigeon hole through which the rest of the world should perceive the political aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. The protest was meant to expose this shallow, hollow approach, especially of the present dispensation at the centre, of how they terrorise the common people, the small and medium entrepreneurs as well as the traders of the region.
Such acts of authoritarian nature to stop the leadership of Hurriyat to hold a protest in Delhi tells more about how brittle the very foundations of this democracy is that the India State time and again labours to project to the world. It should be noted that the Director General of Police (J&K) had announced yesterday that the Hurriyat leadership will not be stopped from proceeding to Delhi for their protest but did a volte-face by re-arresting all the leadership in the middle of the night!
We at the CRPP while condemning the arrests of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq demand that the continuing house arrest of Prof. SAR Geelani be revoked with immediate effect.
Hany Babu MT
Secretary, Public Relations