Geelani to address rally in Islamabad on May 20: Hurriyat (G)

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Srinagar: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani, would address a public gathering in south Kashmir’s Islamabad (Anantnag) district on May 20, a spokesman of the conglomerate said.
“The public gathering is part of the awareness campaign launched by the Hurriyat to secure the release of political prisoners, and thousands of people are expected to participate in the rally, if the authorities do not create any disturbance,” he said.
 He rejected the police claim that it had arrested five members of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit in Pattan area of north Kashmir. “The incident is reminiscent of the Machil fake encounter as in this case too innocent youth have been made the scapegoats for the sake of medals and promotions.”
 “Lawlessness is prevailing in Kashmir and men in uniform are harassing the ordinary civilians. Coercing innocent people to admit to crimes through torture has become a trend in Kashmir these days. These tactics expose Omar Abdullah’s claims that no custodial torture took place during his tenure,” the spokesman said.
 “The saddest part in all this is that these false claims are not made by low-rung police officers but by the top police brass in press conferences,” the spokesman said, adding that such “tactics had badly dented the image of police.”

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