Poll boycott campaign on despite fresh arrests: JKLF

Srinagar: JKLF leader Mir Siraj ud Din was arrested on Monday along with Mohammad Jamal and Abdul Rehman Pahalwan when they were campaigning for election boycott in Yaal Baramulla.
According to a JKLF spokesman, the three leaders were arrested by army and have been shifted to some unknown place.
Earlier on Sunday, police arrested senior JKLF leader Master Sheikh Mohammad Afzal along with Mohammad Shafi Lone in nocturnal raids at their houses in Trehgam, Kupwara.
Police has also arrested JKLF activists Mohammad Akbar Wani and Mohammad Sultan from Seer, Sopore while the STF of police raided the residence of JKLF district president Bandipora Syed Nissar Jeelani at Hajan and arrested his brother Ashiq Hussain Jeelani, a government employee, the statement said.
Meanwhile, detained chairman of JKLF, Mohammad Yasin Malik while condemning these arrests, raids and “oppressive measures” has said that “this tyrannical attitude is being practiced in the name of so-called democracy and this can be actually termed as ugly face of worst dictatorship and anti-democratic behavior.”
“Whole of Kashmir has been turned into a big prison and thousands of people are being subjected to torture,” Malik said.
Meanwhile, JKLF leaders continued their public awareness program asking people to keep away from the elections throughout north Kashmir, the statement said.
It said senior leaders Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Mushtaq Ahmad, Abdul Majeed Shah, Abdul Azaiz Lone and Ghulam Mohammad visited Dragmulla, Muqam Shahwali, Shah Mohalla, Payeen Mohalla and Faqeer Mohalla in Kupwara, while Abdul Rashid Magloo and others visited Kolen, Bandi Payeen, Watergaam,Wagoora, Tethgam, Darhama and other areas of Baramulla. Professor Javed along with Farooq Ahmad and Fayaz Ahmad visited Margay Pora, Gohal Tengpora, Gulabwari, Lolipora, Andergam and Chanderhama in Pattan and appealed people to boycott Indian elections on May 7.