November 2002 News

Govt''s claims of releasing separatists false: Hurriyat

16 November 2002
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: The Hurriyat Conference on Saturday said the Mufti Mohammed government''s claim that JKLF vice chairman Bashir Ahmad Bhat and Hurriyat leader Sheikh Abdul Rashid have been released is ''false''. ''The government''s claim that Bhat and Rashid have been released is false. The two leaders are lodged at JIC Talab Tillo in Jammu where they were brought after being released from Kot Balwal jail,'' a Hurriyat spokesman said. The spokesman alleged Syed Ali Shah Geelani''s son-in-law Altaf Shah was picked up again late on Friday night by security agencies. ''Hurriyat Conference condemns the rearrest of people after they are being released by the courts. The government''s claim that no one would be rearrested after being released by courts has been exposed,'' he said. Meanwhile, a people''s delegation from several areas of the valley visited its headquarters here and narrated the difficulties they are put through by the security forces, the spokesman said.


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