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AAC denies LG’s statement about house arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Srinagar, August 20 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) has strongly denied the statement of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha that its Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is not under house arrest since 5th August 2019 and termed his remarks as far from reality and truth.

The AAC in a statement in Srinagar said that the BBC team that had interviewed the LG Manoj Sinha regarding the Mirwaiz, today came to Mirwaiz Manzil in Srinagar to interview the Mirwaiz but as usual the team members were stopped at the gates and not allowed to go in by the forces present at the gate. Similarly, other media personnel also tried but were not allowed, it added.

The the AAC said it is a reality and the whole world knows the fact that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been under illegal and arbitrary house detention since 5th August 2019, and is not allowed to move out of his house even to deliver Friday sermons at Jamia Masjid or to pursue his other duties as Mirwaiz and head of various social and religious organizations, which is a violation of his basic human rights.

It said if the authorities have now set him free as per LG’s statement, he should be allowed to offer Friday prayers in the Jamia Masjid, and that there will be no restrictions on him to move out or for others to meet him at his residence.

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