Srinagar: Police have launched a major crackdown across the Kashmir Valley to arrest JKLF leaders and activists ahead of their scheduled march to Lal Chowk on Monday.
“Crackdown has been launched by police and other forces throughout the Valley. Many JKLF leaders, activists, workers, and well-wishers have been arrested already,” JKLF spokesman Mohammad Rafiq Dar said in a statement Sunday.
The arrestees include JKLF vice-chairman Sheikh Mohammad Afzal, general secretary Engineer Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidi, zonal vice-president Mohammad Yasin Butt, zonal general secretary Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Ghulam Mohammad Dar, Anantnag district president Mohammad Ishaaq Ganai, Mohammad Ramzan Sofi, Mushtaq Ahmad Boitengoo, Mohammad Shafi Lone, Mohammad Ayub Naikoo, Mohammad Rajab, and Ghulam Mohammad Malik.
To arrest hiding JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, the spokesman said the police raided several places including his residence. The police, “is harassing the relatives, well-wishers, associates and freedom lovers across the Valley” and has created a “warlike situation” through its “oppressive and undemocratic activities.”
“Harsh measures by the Indian forces cannot deter Malik and others from leading the peaceful and democratic protest march towards Lal Chowk. Through the total shutdown and march, Kashmiris will demonstrate their resistance against the anti Kashmiri nefarious designs of RSS and BJP,” the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, JKLF has paid tributes to Ajaz Ahmad Bazaz alias Yasir, of Mandir Bagh here, who was killed in custody.
Meanwhile, US-based Kashmiri American Council has said that it supports JKLF’s call to celebrate June 23 as a ‘symbol of unity’.
In a statement mailed to Kashmir Reader, KAC spokesperson said, “Council strongly condemns the move by RSS and BJP to observe June 23 as a day for integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India.” The spokesperson said that since BJP came to power in New Delhi the party is planning to execute a design to accommodate “refugees as the state subjects so that demography can be changed.”
KAC said such moves are dangers and “flagrant violation of international law and UNSC resolutions that can have serious repercussions in highly unstable region of South Asia.”