Bhatt, Agnivesh condemn assault on Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Prominent social activists including film maker Mahesh Bhatt and Swami Agnivesh today condemned the manhandling of Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Updated: Nov 26, 2010, 18:53 PM IST

Mumbai: Prominent social activists including
film maker Mahesh Bhatt and Swami Agnivesh today condemned the
manhandling of Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
"We strongly and unequivocally condemn the criminal and
dastardly assault on Mirwaiz Umar Farooq by some anti-social
and Fascist elements. This is a violation and an attack on the
tradition of democracy and freedom that has come to define our
country," they said in a statement here.

"We appreciate and fully endorse the efforts of the
leaders of Jammu and Kashmir in reaching out to people all
over the country to discuss the problem of Kashmir and
establish a sustained process of dialogue and understanding
that alone could lead to some lasting solution for this vexed
problem," they said.
The government should take all measures to provide full
and fail proof security to enable leaders from Jammu and
Kashmir to participate in meetings and freely interact with
people in any part of the country that they visit, they said.

Hurriyat Conference leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Bilal
Lone were yesterday heckled allegedly by activists of
right-wing Hindu organisations and Kashmiri Pandits during a
seminar here after which 21 people were arrested for rioting.

PTI