Intimidation and excesses no answer to agitation in Kashmir: PDP

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Srinagar, Sep 24 (UNI) Expressing serious concern over the alleged use of excessive force against youth through arrests and intimidation, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the administration to honour the commitments of the State with respect to freedom of expression and liberty.

Addressing a day-long meeting of workers from Kupwara district, here today, the PDP leaders said the use of excessive force by state machinery in any situation against the masses is bound to prove harmful and it seemed that the administration was not serious enough to address the already deepened alienation.

They said if immediate corrective measures were not taken and sufficient democratic space was not provided to all sections of the society, the present atmosphere of anger might get intensified further.

The leaders said the democratic system survived on the temperament of freedom and a people-friendly mindset.

They said people's confidence in the rule of law was weakening day by day and the democratic institutions were loosing relevance in the face of mishandling of the sensitive situation.

''The reports that Ikhwanis (surrendered militants working with security forces) are being reorganised and empowered to curb the ongoing unrest through vicious means have caused panic among the people,'' the PDP leaders alleged, adding that such tactics would criminalise the situation and undermine social values.

The PDP leaders said the Governor's administration should come clean on this issue and immediately address the brewing unrest among the people on this count.

The leaders also took an exception to highly misused method of surveillance and shadowing of the youth who had shunned violence.

They were being subjected to humiliation by procuring their personal attendance in the security force camps and police stations once a week, they said, adding that thousands of youth were losing faith in fair play and their suffocation is bound to throw them in dungeon of disgust which only causes repulsion as is seen on the streets every now and then.

''We advise New Delhi and the Governor's administration not to choke the future space of the youth and their families and immediately come out with a positive approach to provide them a breather and future hope,'' they said.

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