Hurriyat condemns Tosmaidan agreement

Protests against human rights violations have been a hallmark of the armed conflict in Kashmir.

Protests against human rights violations have been a hallmark of the armed conflict in Kashmir.

‘New Delhi hell bent upon seizing land in JK’

Srinagar, Aug 28: (GNS) Terming the Tosmaidan lease extension agreement unacceptable Hurriyat Conference Wednesday said any such move would add to agonies of locals as entire population is already facing tremendous problems and challenges due to presence of the armed forces and its artillery.

According to Hurriyat, “As per the survey, Indian armies have seized and occupied 28 lakh Kanals of land in Jammu and Kashmir and during past four years, forces have seized and occupied 895 Kanals in Bijbehara, 200 Kanals in Shopian and 18 Kanals of vacant land in Hard Shewa Sopore.”

Hurriyat said the area has potential to be developed as a tourist destination. “But due to presence of army nobody dares to visit the place. The said area is rich for its resources and would improve the economy and financial condition of local population,” Hurriyat Conference in a statement issued to GNS said, adding the area is rich and famous for its herbal plants and there is every possibility for promotion of industry related to medicine.

Referring to large contingent of armed forces and the artillery exercises in the area, Hurriyat said the presence has created uncertainty regarding future of the water resources. “The presence of armed forces in civilian areas is serious matter and violation of basic human rights.”

“From very first day the authorities in Delhi are hell-bent to turn the State into military garrison and where ever they get a chance they occupy the land for its military activities,” Hurriyat added.

Criticizing role of some pro-Indian politicians, Hurriyat blamed that they after accepting bribe are clandestinely supporting forces. “Hurriyat Conference through credible sources has received a list of those politicians who for this assignment have received bribe from intelligence agencies.”

“We will expose these politicians in public,” Hurriyat said, adding that they have decided to provide every support to the people of the area. (GNS)

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