SRINAGAR: Reiterating its call for boycott of the upcoming Assembly polls, JKLF Monday demanded release of its detained leaders and activists for “free and fair play” in the elections.
“If India and its ‘stooges in Kashmir’ believe in something like democracy, they shall fight JKLF and other resistance groups politically. Let them release our leaders and activists, let them stop police oppression and crackdowns, and allow free and fair play. Everyone will know who enjoys people’s support,” a statement issued here said, quoting JKLF leaders’ address at an anti-election rally in Khan Sahab constituency of Budgam district.
“It is a one-sided affair as pro-election efforts are being facilitated while pro-boycott leaders are arrested and harassed,” it added.
The JKLF leaders and workers visited Sheikhpora, Chek Marg, Doom Pora, Nagbal and Rath Hai localities of the constituency, the statement said.
“They went from door-to-door, delivering the election boycott message from our incarcerated chairman Mohammed Yasin Malik,” it said, castigating the state government for crackdown against the pro-freedom camp.
“Our chairman has been arrested along with advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat, master sheikh Mohammad Afzal, engineer Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidi, Siraj Ud Din Mir, Mohammad Ashraf Dar , Bashir Ahmad Boya, Rafiq Ahmad War , Gayas-ud-Din, Nazir Ahmad Rather, and Abdul Hamid,” it said. “The crackdown hasn’t stopped yet.”
Meanwhile, senior leader of Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir (HCJK) Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bita Karatey also appealed the people to follow the amalgam’s poll boycott call.
“By completely boycotting the ‘sham’ elections, we have to respect the precious sacrifices made by our martyrs,” he said in a statement issued here.
“The people who participate in the elections talk about resolving the Kashmir issue only when polls are near. But in reality, their hands are filled with the blood of pro-freedom people. Innocent youths were killed in 2010 on their suggestions,” he said.