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Hurriyat demands release of journalist Sajad Gul, anguished over ‘forcible eviction’ of Gujjar-Bakerwals

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Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference on Thursday sought immediate release of journalist Sajad Gul and demanded authorities to stop the “policy of intimidation through arrests and detentions”.

In a statement, Hurriyat said, “the policy of state repression in Kashmir continues unabated. The journalist was arrested for doing his duty of reporting facts and charged brutally for criminal conspiracy”.

“Such harassment of scribes has become a routine in the valley,” the statement added.

It asked the authorities to release Gul and stop the “policy of intimidation through arrests and detentions”.

The Hurriyat also expressed anguish at the plight of those Gujjars and Bakerwals in Jammu who have been “forcibly removed from their dwellings of eight decades during a demolition drive”.

“As per the statements given to the press by those displaced, they were given no prior notice about it and have in mid-winter and at a time when the pandemic is once again spreading fast been rendered without a roof,” it said.

It said, “While outsiders are being incentivized to buy land and property in JK to change its demographics, it is very unfortunate that Jammu and Kashmir’s own citizens are being displaced and rendered homeless in such inhuman ways”.

 

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