Srinagar: Three senior leaders of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) were taken into preventive custody during the pro-independence group’s election boycott campaign in downtown Srinagar Sunday.
A JKLF spokesman said that a group of senior JKLF leaders distributed pamphlets among the people in Zaidibal, Alamgari Bazar, Hawal and Rajori Kadal areas appealing people to boycott the parliamentary elections.
“When they reached Mohala Shri Bhat, police took Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Ghulam Mohammad Dar and Sheikh Mohammad Afzal into custody,” the spokesman said.
JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik meanwhile condemned the arrest of party leaders and said the police action reflected the “frustration of Indian puppets in Kashmir over the success of anti-election campaigning by pro-freedom leaders.”
Malik said the police had launched an arrest and raiding spree against JKLF leaders and activists despite the police chief’s claim that there was no ban on peaceful political activities .
“How can pro-India leaders boast about democracy and elections without providing their pro-freedom leaders an equal space and opportunity to run an anti-poll campaign?” Malik asked.
Meanwhile, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and other leaders of the Hurriyat Conference(HCJK) were also detained during an anti-election rally in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Earlier, addressing public gatherings in different areas of Shopian, Shah and other HCJK leaders said that “through sham polls India was trying to deceive the international community that Jammu and Kashmir was its integral part and Kashmiri people had faith in the Indian democracy.”
Shah was accompanied by JKLF (R) chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar, Islamic Political Party chairman Muhammad Yusuf Naqash, Muhammad Yasin Ataai among others.