SRINAGAR: The police arrested JKLF’s Vice Chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi in a nocturnal raid, the front said Monday.
“He was kept at police station Bemina for some time and was later shifted to Anantnag sub-jail. Almost the entire leadership of JKLF is now under detention,” JKLF said in a press statement issued here.
Prior to Bakhshi’s arrest, the police had detained JKLF’s most leaders, sympathisers, and activists including the party’s chairman Yasin Malik.
Meanwhile, the JKLF, according to the statement, continued with its election boycott campaign across the Valley.
“A delegation led by the zonal chief organiser Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri visited Guru Bazaar, Chinkral Mohalla, and Nawab Bazaar areas of Srinagar. A delegation led by district president Bandipora Syed Nisar Jeelani and Mushtaq Ahmad Wani visited Ganastan and Anqul in Sonawari. Another delegation led by Abdul Majeed and Mushtaq Ahmad visited Kandi, Dragmola, Keegam, Waterkhan, Jagripora, Lilam, and Tarethpora in Kupwara,” it said.
The leaders, it said, went from door to door, asking the people to boycott the upcoming “election drama being staged through unilateral state sponsored violence”.
“While speaking to people, the leaders said the police and forces have unleashed a reign of terror against the JKLF, other resistance parties, and the youths. This unilateral state sponsored violence is a glaring example of the fact that in Kashmir only rulers and politicians backed by India are indulging in politics of violence,” the statement said.
JKLF has expressed its grief over the sad demise of uncle of activist Reyaz Ahmad Malik of Addabal Dooru in south Kashmir, it said, adding a front delegation comprising of district president Anantnag Mohammad Ishaaq Ganai, Master Syed Muzafar and Mushtaq Ahmad Kuchay visited the bereaved family.