Bilal Kawa innocent, says Hurriyat (M), demands his release

Srinagar, Jan 13 (GNS): Hurriyat Conference (M) strongly condemned the arrest of a Kashmiri businessman Bilal Ahmed Kawa of downtown Srinagar by the Delhi police and Anti-Terrorism Squad of Gujrat Police in connection with the 17-year-old case of attack on Red Fort.

A spokesperson of Hurriyat (M) said Bilal is an innocent trader and who deals with leather and Fur business and often travels to Delhi for his business purposes.

He said that his arrest ahead of the January 26 is nothing but a move to make him a scapegoat.

The spokesperson while demanding unconditional release of Bilal said, “It has been observed since long that the police often resort to harassment of Kashmiri businessmen, students, and traders in various states of India which seems to be a well-planned conspiracy of the Government of India to label Kashmiris as suspects and then frame them in fake and false cases.”

Expressing solidarity and sympathy with the family members of Bilal Ahmed Kawa, the Hurriyat (M) termed the protest staged by Bilal’s family members as fully justified and based on logic and demanded his immediate release. He said there seems to be a “well thought out plot against Bilal to frame him in a frivolous and baseless criminal case”.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson castigated government for once again imposing strict curbs and caging amalgam chairman at his Nigeen residence stating that these “repressive measures” have been tested in the past and haven’t succeeded in breaking the resolve of resistance leadership and people towards the “sacred” Kashmir movement. (GNS)