Srinagar: The Second Additional Sessions Court Srinagar on Saturday sent JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik to Central Jail Srinagar for 12 days in judicial custody. As per the court order, Yasin Malik was produced before the court on Saturday by the SHO of Police Station Maisuma with a plea for holding him in judicial custody. After perusing the case diary, the court found Malik involved in the case FIR no.17/2016 for commission of offences under Section 153/505 RPC and 13 UL Act. The court found the request for judicial remand genuine and legitimate as the investigation of the case was still not complete.
A statement released by the JKLF spokesman said that “a posse of policemen raided the Abi Guzar office of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) in the heart of Srinagar and arrested Malik to desist him (sic) from spearheading the poll boycott campaign.”
Activists of JKLF and the two Hurriyats had started an election boycott campaign on Friday by holding a protest rally in Srinagar. They also visited various areas in Ganderbal and Budgam districts where they distributed pamphlets, urging people to boycott the upcoming by-elections for the Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha seats.
The statement released by the JKLF spokesman said that Yasin Malik is ill for the past many days and is on medication of strong antibiotics.
Before being taken away by police from the court, the JKLF chairman said to the media that Kashmir has been turned into a police state. He said that the civilised world has some norms regarding elections and according to these norms, casting a vote or boycotting the election is a democratic right.
Malik said that “Jails and incarceration are not new to us and jails are our second home, but by this unilateral state violence the so-called rulers have actually conceded defeat much before the contest.”
He said that democracy has been shamed by Indian rulers and their stooges in Jammu Kashmir and people wearing the knickers of RSS are running the state according to the wishes and whims of Nagpur (RSS headquarters).
Calling for a complete boycott of the upcoming parliamentary elections, the JKLF chairman said that boycotting elections is a democratic right and the moral duty of every Kashmiri. “To safeguard our valuable sacrifices, we all should keep away from casting votes or participating in these farce elections,” he said.