Rock Band Issue: Hurriyat (G) Criticizes Govt For Police Action Against Youth

Rock Band Issue: Hurriyat (G) Criticizes Govt For Police Action Against Youth

6 February 2013
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) has strongly criticized the state government for police action against the youth who published and uploaded their comments on social media on the rock band related issue. In a statement a spokesman of the faction described as “unjustified” the police action. “Authorities are making mountain out of a mole hill. It is a deliberate and manipulated attempt by Delhi to deviate people’s attention from ongoing freedom struggle,” he said. The spokesman termed the police action undesirable and said that it is common that different reviews and subjects related with different personalities are being uploaded on social media, but nowhere in any part of world is treated as offensive or against the law. He added that neither any person is prosecuted nor exaggerations to such an extent are permitted. The Hurriyat (G) spokesman said the police action against youth is an unnecessary restriction on freedom of expression and said all their claims about being a democratic state proves ridiculous. He asked the SSP Srinagar to come clear on the case. The spokesman asked why similar cases were not registered against the then speaker Mohammad Akbar lone and PDP leader Moulvi Iftikhar Ansari who used abusive language against each other in assembly in full public view. He said basically the Indian authorities are hell bent upon exploiting the situation and are trying to muzzle the voice of people by use of force. With their sinister designs they wish to damage freedom movement. The spokesman blamed the Indian media and said its role is biased, mischievous and detrimental and tarnishing the ongoing movement. Citing examples spokesman said that Indian media maintained criminal silence over the gruesome killing of Wamiq Farooq, Zahid Farooq, Tufail Matoo and other innocents and contrary to this, it made hue and cry over uploading of simple account by some youth. He added that India media scandalized the rock band issue and the main aim was to deviate attention from Justice Verma recommendations to bring the forces under the purview of proposed amendment. The spokesman said that Omar Abdullah too was instrumental and he termed the “simple comments” of youths posted on social media as “threats” to these rock band groups.