JKLF chief had gone to visit Sarjan Barkati’s family
SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik along with party’s zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal were on Sunday arrested at Reban, Shopian, a party spokesperson said.
In a statement issued here, the spokesperson said JKLF chairman had gone to Reban to meet innocent children of incarcerated Moulana Sarjan Barkati who is languishing in jail despite several court orders to release him.
He said JKLF chairman reached Barkati’s residence at early morning and enquired about his children and expressed solidarity with them. He said as Malik was leaving back towards Srinagar, “thousands of CRPF men along with police cordoned the whole area and laid a siege around him and arrested him along with Noor Muhammad Kalwal”.
They were shifted them to police station, Sangam, the spokesperson said, adding that the crackdown and siege was such as if forces were apprehending any armed rebel.
Condemning the police “highhandedness” in strong words, the JKLF chairman said he was only visiting a family whose only bread earner has been put behind bars by the “so-called largest democracy” and who is not being released despite repeated court orders.
He said such is the level of “suppression” in Jammu Kashmir that visiting a victim family is considered a crime.
Seeking international community’s intervention, Malik said democracy and humanity is being severely trampled in Jammu Kashmir.