Srinagar: The authorities stopped Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Gilani, to address a press conference at his residence in Srinagar.
According to Kashmir Media Service, due to suspension of communications means, Syed Ali Gilani had sent letters to the journalists, asking them to attend the press conference. However, when the media men, nearly 35 in number, reached the residence of APHC chairman, Indian policemen deployed there barred them to go inside. Pertinently, Syed Ali Gilani is under continued house arrest since 2010.
The reporters and photographers, who reached the venue around 10.30 am, were asked to disperse from the locality immediately as the police cited imposition of Section 144 in the area.
“You are in violation of Section 144. We cannot allow media personnel to enter the residence or wait in areas nearby,” said a police officer posted outside Syed Ali Gilani’s residence in Hyderpora locality of Srinagar. When told that curfew passes issued by the administration allowed media personnel to remain in the area, the officer said, “Specific directions have been issued by the district magistrate for areas such as Hyderpora.”
Terming the move as frustration of the occupational authorities, the APHC said such tactics would have serious consequences.
According to Indian media reports, the journalists received an official email from the APHC requesting them to attend the press meeting at 11.30 am Wednesday.
The Indian police said it would investigate how Syed Ali Gilani managed to send the email invite amid complete internet shutdown in the territory. “We will look into the matter,” said an Indian officer when the media persons told them about the press invite they had received.