SRINAGAR – Hurriyat Conference (M) Saturday denied media reports that the chairman of the amalgam Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has signed any bond to secure his release.
A handout issued by Hurriyat (M) stated that its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continues to be under house arrest since August 5 at his residence as such his access to people and communication is extremely limited.
“The news item carried by some newspapers quoting sources that the Hurriyat chairman has been released after signing a bond, is entirely baseless,” said the statement. It further said that the conglomerate remains firm by its principle stand on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and stands with the people in this unprecedented situation that all are facing.
Interestingly, media reports from New Delhi suggested, Mirwaiz was one among seven individuals who have signed bonds to secure their release.
It said that apart from Mirwaiz, two leaders of National Conference, one each from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and two others, whose political affiliations were not immediately revealed, had signed the bonds.
Pertinently, at least 36 detainees have been lodged in sub-jail Centaur since August 5. Mirwaiz was placed under house detention on August 5, in the wake of scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35 A. Mirwaiz is a key leader of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik. Geelani remains confined to his Hyderpora residence while as Malik has been booked by NIA court and stands lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail. The trio had vociferously opposed any change in the State Subject Law guaranteed under Article 35A.