Srinagar: Asserting elections were strengthening “killers and their associates”, many JKLF leaders told people in several areas of the valley “how can India, its stooges and occupational forces talk of democracy and ethics when they don’t allow peaceful resistance”.
A JKLF spokesman said in a statement that Front leaders held protests and poll-boycott programmes at Maisuma in Srinagar and some areas of south and central Kashmir.
“They appealed to the people to stay away from casting votes in upcoming Indian election drama,” the statement said.
Senior JKLF leader Noor Muhammad Kalwal addressed people at Koreg Ganderbal; Muhammad Yasin Butt, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Javed Zargar and Muhammad Sideeq Shah participated in the protest at Miasuma; Zahoor Ahmad Butt addressed people at Litter Pulwama; Siraj-ud-din Mir at Soibugh, Budgam, and Professor Javed at Natipora .
JKLF deputy district president Ganderbal Ghulam Jeelani Rather addressed people at Hilpati Gund and Khaw Hakinaar Kangan and Peer Rashid at Mohanpora Budgam and another JKLF leader addressed gathering at Hardutoor, Shangus.
The statement said JKLF leaders and activists visited Yasoo, Hardutor, Shangus, Telwani, Toor, Kreeribal, Bejbihara, Katoo and Khiram Sirhama in Islamabad; Soibugh, Galwanpora, Sabden, Chadipora, Narkara, Bethaar,Mohanpora in Budgam; Mehjoor Nagar and Natipora in Srinagar; Khalmola, Bakoora, Nagabal, Sumbal Bala, Chatargul Kangan, Ganwen and Rengil in Ganderbal; Litter, Newa, Warwan, Kakpora, Koeil, Aglar and Aarihal in Pulwama district.
“While deliberating upon the ill-consequences of participation in Indian elections, JKLF leaders said that as a living nation it is our duty to safeguard the sacrifices rendered by our kith and kin and stay away from any program or activity that is detrimental to our sacred cause,” the spokesman said.
“It is worth mentioning that police in its pursuit to stop peaceful protest at Maisuma had laid a siege around the whole area and even disrupted Friday prayers at Madeena Chowk. Police trampled the carpets meant for prayers with their boots and people offering Nimaz protested against this police highhandedness,” he added.
Pamphlets carrying appeals for boycott were distributed among the people.
While condemning the nocturnal raids and arrests, the speakers said police arrested young Sajad Ahmad Rather in place of his father Nazir Ahmad rather at Malshahi Bagh Ganderbal.
“Similarly police raided the residences of JKLF district president Pulwama Javed Ahmad Butt and secretary Muhammad Altaf Riana and Mushtaq Ahmad of Koreg Gandebal. Police have also arrested various activists from Arihal Pulwama including Muhammad Ashraf Wagay, Nadeem Ahmad Lone, Gulzar Ahmad Lone, Zakir Ahmad Mir and Tanveer Ahmad Illahi and sent them to various police stations and jails,” the spokesman said.