An Indian media report claimed on Friday (Sep 20) that at least five detained political leaders in occupied Kashmir including Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have signed bonds to secure their release.
Apart from the Hurriyat leader, two leaders from National Conference and one each from the PDP and the People’s Conference undertake not to indulge in any political activity after they are freed, Indian media reported.
The detentions were made under Section 107 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC) and the politicians who signed the bonds gave an undertaking that they would not indulge in any political activity after their release. Those who signed the bonds include moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, two former legislators of the National
Conference, one former legislator of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a People’s Conference leader. “If a person detained under Section 107 of the Cr.PC signs a bond and then violates it, legal proceedings, including arrest, can be initiated. The prohibited activities include giving political speeches,” said the official.
In a surprise move on August 5, India abrogated provisions in its constitution that gave the IOK partial autonomy and stipulated only residents could buy a property or hold government jobs. In occupied Kashmir, people continue to suffer immensely as the Kashmir valley remained under strict military lockdown for the 47th consecutive day, today.
The heavy deployment of Indian troops has created an atmosphere of fear, forcing the people to remain indoors. The continued blockade of the valley has aggravated the situation to an alarming proportion. The residents confined to their homes are facing difficulties in meeting their daily needs. The shortage of essential commodities like milk, baby food and life-saving medicines is adding to the miseries of the people and the valley represents a humanitarian crisis.
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17 November, 2019