Geelani, Mirwaiz confined to home, Malik in jail
Srinagar: Several pro-freedom leaders and activists were detained on Monday when they held a protest against the plight of inmates in jails on the call of joint resistance.
The pro-freedom activists held a sit-in protest at Basant Bagh locality and addressed protesters regarding the plight of Kashmiris in prison. “The condition of inmates languishing in various jails and police stations is deplorable. Thousands of Kashmiris are facing oppression in jails. Slapping PSAs on those arrested, and torturing and humiliating inmates and prolonging their incarceration has become the order of the day,” the speakers at the gathering said.
“Despite many tall claims, so-called rulers only know to suppress people’s voices,” the protesters said. The joint resistance is led by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik.
As the protest was being held, the police arrived and laid a siege around the area of Maisuma and Gawkadal. Several persons were detained and taken to police station.
The resistance leadership had called for a peaceful protest sit-in and a seminar on the plight of Kashmiri inmates in jails at Maisuma today. Ahead of the programme, JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested and put in Central Jail Srinagar. Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Asharf Sehraie, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Aasiya Andrabi and others were put under house arrest.
Police also arrested Firdous Ahmad Shah from his residence and raided the residence of JKLF leader Muhammad Yasin Butt. “His wife who was alone at home at the time of the raid. She was terrorised,” a JKLF spokesperson said.