SRINAGAR: Police on Sunday arrested Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik from his residence, a party spokesman said.
In a statement issued here, the spokesman said the move was aimed at foiling Monday’s scheduled one day sit-in cum seminar announced by joint resistance leadership against “oppression unleashed on Kashmiri inmates”.
He said police raided Malik’s residence, arrested him and shifted him to central jail Srinagar. “JKLF chairman is unwell from last few days because of viral infection,” he said and strongly condemned the arrest.
“The so-called rulers and their authorities are preaching high morals on daily basis but in fact have resorted to worst kind of immorality and aggression. The united resistance leadership has announced a most peaceful sit-in cum seminar in which voices will be raised against the oppression unleashed against inmates, but the propagators of ‘battle of ideas’ could not tolerate even this kind of peaceful programme and have resorted to use of police violence against it,” he said. The spokesman said “even police recently announced to provide space to political programs but it appears that rulers and their occupational authorities only know the job of choking space and suppressing people’s voices by military and police might”.
The spokesman said choking space is “undemocratic and unethical and like legitimising and promoting violence”.