Police arrests relatives of JKLF leaders

SRINAGAR: Police in nocturnal raids arrested brother of JKLF leader Ashraf bin Salam and two sons of another JKLF leader Sheikh Abdul Gaffar in Budgam, a party statement said Sunday.
Besides, police arrested Aadil Ahmad Bhat, Ishfaq Hussain and Mohammad Haneef Dar from Maisuma; Mohammad Ahsan from Koker Bazaar, Mansoor Ahmad Bhat from Tulmulla, Ganderbal, the statement said.
It also said that army soldiers raided the house of JKLF functionary Mushtaq Ahmad at Koreg, Ganderbal on Saturday night. Police had been already raiding Mushtaq’s house from last many days.
“Police and forces are searching for many other JKLF functionaries, leaders and activists in many areas of the Valley,” the statement said.
Police have already arrested JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik along with senior party leaders Advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Showkat Ahmad Bakshi, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Bashir Ahmad Rather (Boya), Arshad Ahmed Butt (John), Ghulam Rasool Hazari, Mohammad Azeem Zargar, Ghais-ud-Din, Fayaz Ahmad and Imtiaz Ahmad.
Despite these arrests, the statement said JKLF leaders and activists continued with their boycott campaign on Sunday. JKLF leaders visited Nishat area of Srinagar and went from door-to-door and appealed people to boycott the “drama of elections”.
JKLF zonal functionary Farooq Ahmad Dar-led team visited Dangerpora Sopore, Dooru Zainageer and Shooz Zainageer areas. He was accompanied by Ghulam Nabi Mir and others. JKLF district president Kupwara Rafiq Ahmad War along with JKLF activists visited Magma and Devaspora Handwara in Kupwara while as district president Baramulla Abdul Rashid Magloo and others visited Wayel, Sheeru, Khan Pora Stop, Kralpora and Sheeri Baramulla, and Pir Abdul Rashid visited Roppora, Chadoora.
“JKLF leaders met people individually and collectively and asked them to keep the sacrifices of martyrs in view and boycott Indian elections in totality. Leaders and activists distributed boycott related written material among the masses in all these areas,” the statement added.