SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Sunday said police torture is pushing youth to the wall and compelling them to join armed resistance.
Malik made these remarks while visiting the bereaved families of slain militants, Sajad Ahmad Gilkar at Pandan Nowhatta, Tafazul Islam at Syed Pora Cherpora Narabal, and Aaquib Gul at Gouripora Sanat Nagar. He was accompanied by other JKLF leaders.
“Subjecting peaceful youth to third degree torture and humiliation and putting their families to unwanted trouble, killing them with impunity, celebrating their death and then fabricating a desired narrative through biased media can only be termed as naked Hitlerism,” Malik said in a statement issued here.
“(The) so-called rulers, their police and forces should remember that according to the divine law of retribution, they will have to answer for their crimes against humanity one day.”
Malik said the family and friends of Sajad Ahmad Gilkar narrated the story of torture and humiliation by police. “They told Yasin sahib that Shaheed Sajad was pursuing peaceful resistance but was repeatedly arrested, tortured, and humiliated by police and other forces. He was released recently from Kot Bhalwal jail after which he was in the process of settling his life.”
“A day before Eid, he was busy with his job at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar and trying to earn for his family but was held by police and was beaten with sticks and gun butts. They tortured him severely, humiliated him, and after beating him to pulp released him later. Police was questioning him about the killing of DySP Muhammad Ayub Pandit and he told police that he along with many others on that fatal day was in police custody and not present at Jamia Masjid.”
“After his release he stayed at his home till third Eid and on next day attended the court but afterwards never returned back.”
JKLF chief said after killing Sajad police has “cooked up the story” about him being the mastermind of DySP’s killing and termed it an “utter lie” and “an absolutely absurd statement”. “People also told Yasin sahib that various other innocents arrested in DySP killing case are being asked to pay ransom for their release.”
At Syedpora Narbal, mourners narrated similar stories about Tafazul Islam who is survived by a five-year-old daughter.
Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, Malik said “these young boys are our heroes and today we pledge to take their sacred mission forward at any cost”.