JKLF condemns police raids aimed to arrest Malik

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Saturday said that police is continuing its nocturnal raids to arrest its chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik who has gone in hiding to lead a protest rally towards UN observers’ office at Srinagar today on Dec 10, the international human rights day.

“Police last night raided the residences of senior JKLF leaders Javed Ahmad Zargar and Muhammad Yasin Butt. Even the residence of Muhammad Yasin Butt’s in-laws was not spared and police harassed his in-laws too. Today Police raided the residence of JKLF zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal at Malbagh,” the JKLF spokesman said in a statement issued here.

“In pursuit to arrest JKLF leaders, Police also raided its office at Abi Guzar this afternoon,” the spokesman said.

A spokesman of JKLF while condemning these police raids and restrictions said that from last three days police has created havoc by raiding various houses and intimidated the kith and kin of many JKLF leaders and activists.

He said that all this is being done to stop a peaceful political program announced by JRL and a country that claims to be the biggest democracy of the world with the help of local government is doing all these undemocratic and condemnable acts.

The spokesman said that to stop a political program that is on human rights, occupational authorities have let loose a reign of terror.

“Curfews, restrictions, raids, arrests and other oppressive measures are being used to sabotage a peaceful program and a war like situation has been created by the so-called rulers,” he said.

He said that India and the local government here often claim to have defeated the resistance movement of Kashmiris and also that no one in Kashmir is with resistance leadership but when a program is announced by resistance camp same rulers are seen busy in using military and police might to sabotage that program. “This is a glaring example that Indian leaders and their Kashmiri stooges find to courage to allow resistance camp some political space,” he said.

While condemning the ban on today’s seminar at Hyderpora, JKLF spokesman said that this clearly shows that Kashmir is a police state run by military and police.

He said that if India and the local government are truthful in their democratic claims they should find some courage and lift ban of political activities of resistance camp and leaders.

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