Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik was Friday arrested along with senior JKLF leaders Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Zahoor Ahmad while leading a protest march against recent NIA raids on resistance leadership and Kashmiri businessmen as well as the killing of Shopian youth.
Malik had gone into hiding on Thursday to evade a preemptive arrest. A JKLF statement said that police besieged Sarai Bala, and held house to house searches to arrest Malik.
“Ziyarat Dastigeer sahib and its surroundings including the graveyard were turned into a military garrison. Besides putting almost whole Srinagar under curfew, police besieged main Masajid of Gawkadal and Maisuma area too to prevent Friday’s protest rally and sit-in.” the statement said adding that despite the “oppressive tactics” which resulted in hardships to the people Malik and other JKLF leaders managed to reach Sarai Balla, where Malik addressed the people at Iqra Masjid.
Later police used tear gas and lathicharge to disperse the protestors and arrested Malik along with other JKLF leaders.
Prior to his arrest Malik said that to stop a mere peaceful political activity, police crossed every limit of decency and humanity and “subjected people to worst kind of oppression despite the holy month of Ramazan which is highly condemnable”.
“If police is such keen of proving itself more loyal than the king than they should remove their Khaki uniform and put on RSS knickers (Shorts) instead, so that their remains no doubt about their credentials,” Malik said.