SRINAGAR: Police on Thursday detained Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, who was scheduled to hold a sit-in on Friday.
A JKLF spokesman said that Malik was scheduled to lead the sit-in on Friday against “choking of political space, arrests, restrictions, ban on all kinds of political activities and against promotion of religious hatred in the state”.
“Despite his arrest, the sit-in will be held at Lal Chowk as per schedule,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman said that Malik was busy with the marriage ceremony of his nephew when police raided his house.
“A human being whose is the head of a family and whose nephew is being married today was not allowed to perform his social and family duty by those who claim to uphold the so-called “battle of ideas’ doctrine and was put behind the bars,” the spokesman said.
“Yasin, being his nephew’s guardian and only elder in the house, should have been present in the marriage ceremony,” the spokesman said.
He said that the “arrest and harassment of Malik’s family” has actually exposed the “ugliest face of Indian democracy and the stained face of rulers” of Jammu Kashmir.
The spokesman said that despite the detention and “other oppressive measures by police and authorities”, the JKLF will go ahead with its peaceful protest program tomorrow.
“Through this peaceful program, voices will be raised against promotion of hatred among various communities of Jammu Kashmir by its rulers, promoting of violence and choking of peaceful political space and against arrest spree throughout Jammu Kashmir,” the spokesman added.