Srinagar: A group of JKLF leaders and activists was taken into custody on Friday after they attempted to stage a protest sit-in at Budshah Chowk in civil lines area of Srinagar. A JKLF spokesman said that policemen showered abuses on them before bundling them into vehicle and lodging at central jail.
In a statement JKLF spokesman said that vice chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal and other activists including Prof Javed, Muhammad Aslam Sheikh and Muhammad Irfan Khan were arrested by police when they were holding a peaceful sit-in near Budshah Chowk. Even a specially-abled person Imtiyaz Ahmad Parray was also arrested.
Prior to these arrests, JKLF leaders and activists marched from Madina Chowk towards Budshah Chowk but as soon as they reached near Budshah Chowk, police swung into action, showered abuses on the participants of sit-in and used brutal force to arrest them, the spokesman said.
Condemning the police action, JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik said that police attack on a peaceful sit-in was yet another example of state sponsored violence. He said that from last many months this sit-in program announced by united resistance leadership has been held peacefully but police without any provocation used aggression against the programme on Friday. He said that police and their political masters on daily basis issue statements and claim that peaceful political activities are not stopped but the fact is that every little space on peaceful activities has been choked and so-called rulers and their police are promoting violence by these measures. Yasin Malik said that today’s peaceful sit-in was against Zakoora and Batamaloo bypass massacres by Indian forces in 1990 and also against the deployment of more pellet guns in Kashmir. He said that Zakoora and Batamaloo bypass like massacres remind us the Indian brutality in Jammu Kashmir and that freedom struggle of Jammu Kashmir is defined by the sacred blood of our martyrs. He said that tyranny, oppression, massacres and brutalities have not and can never defeat the will of Kashmiri nation. While strongly condemning the deployment of more pellet guns in Kashmir, JKLF chairman said that guns and pellets that blinded thousands of innocents, maimed thousands and killed many in Kashmir are being deployed in larger numbers to kill, blind and main more.