Police foil JKLF march, detain Bakshi, others

JAVID ALI

SRINAGAR: Police on Friday detained around a dozen Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) activists including party vice chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakshi while protesting against “arbitrary arrests of youth across the Valley.”
Eyewitnesses said that the JKLF activists were taken into custody by police near Lal Chowk while they were trying to march towards Regal Chowk after Friday prayers.
“India and its stooges have virtually choked every space here and no one is being allowed to speak, protest or meet people. Youth are being arrested, tortured and humiliated in police stations. Nocturnal raids, search operations by police and STF, during which they abuse and humiliate common people freely and other oppressive measures, have become a daily routine,” Bakshi said while addressing the protesters before his arrest.
While paying tributes to Talib Ahmad Shah, the militant killed in Pulwama, Bakshi said that he was a highly educated young man and was pushed to the wall by police and forces. “All these unilateral acts of state violence are promoting more violence, pushing common youth towards the wall,” he said.
Bakhshi condemned the police action at Kakapora Pulwama on Friday.
Meanwhile, a JKLF delegation led by district president Ganderbal, Bashir Ahmad Rather (Boya) visited Manasbal where two kids were killed while playing with some explosives.
The delegation visited the bereaved family and expressed solidarity with them.
Another delegation led by deputy district president Pulwama, Muhammad Rajab visited Kakapora and participated in the funeral prayers of Talib Ahmad Shah and expressed solidarity with his family.

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