Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested by police along with other JKLF leaders and activists at Buchwara in Srinagar when he was leading a protest march towards UNMOGIP office.
A JKLF statement said that a civilian passerby Ghulam Sarwar Wani from Dalgate was also arrested by the police along with JKLF leaders. Malik had gone into hiding on Thursday to avoid arrest and appeared in Dalgate today despite restrictions.
He addressed people at Jamia Masjid Buchwara and later led a march towards UNMOGIP office, which was blocked by police.
Prior to his arrest, Malik said that he had to go into hiding as state has choked every little space on peaceful programs in Kashmir.
He said that today’s protest strike and sit-in outside UN office Srinagar were a mark of protest “against the spree of innocent killings” in Kashmir.
“Indian leadership and their Kashmiri stooges have given their forces a free license to kill and this immunity has actually turned them into modern day Hitlers who only know to kill humans and celebrate death and destruction and are even seen killing people on camera now,” Malik said.
“Today when we are here to appeal to UN and through this august body the international community to save lives of innocent Kashmiris, another Kashmiri Youth Tanveer Ahmad has been murdered in cold blood at Beerwah by Indian army,” Malik said adding that it was ironical that no one was raising questions at the killing spree “as if Kashmiris are no humans and have no human rights”.
The JKLF statement added JKLF leader Muhammad Ishaaq Malik was also detained by police in Kokernagh. Malik along with Mushtaq Ajmal and Ghulam Muhammad Dar are being shifted to central jail on a judicial remand until 5 August, the statement said.