SRINAGAR: Nocturnal raids by police continue to arrest JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik who has gone into hiding to lead a protest rally towards UN Observer office here today, party spokesperson said on Saturday. December 10 marks the international human rights day.
“Police last (Friday) night raided the residences of senior JKLF leaders Javed Ahmad Zargar and Muhammad Yasin Butt,” the spokesperson said in a statement, adding, “Even the residence of Muhammad Yasin Butt sahib’s in-laws was not spared. Police harassed his in-laws too.”
He said police on Saturday raided the residence of JKLF zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal at Malbagh. He said Kalwal on Friday met with an accident and is bed ridden now. “In pursuit to arrest JKLF leaders, police also raided its office at Abi Guzar this (Saturday) afternoon,” he said.
Condemning the police raids and restrictions, JKLF spokesperson said for the last three days, police has created havoc by raiding various houses and “intimidated” the kith and kin of many party leaders and activists.
“All this is being done to stop a peaceful political program announced by JRL,” the spokesperson said, adding, “A country that claims to be the biggest democracy of the world with the help of its Kashmiri stooges is doing all these undemocratic and condemnable acts.”
He said to stop a political program on human rights; 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.
Condemning the disallowing of JRL’s seminar on human rights at Hyderpora, JKLF spokesperson said, “This clearly shows that Kashmir is a police state run by military and police. If India and its Kashmiri stooges are true to their democratic claims, they should find some courage and lift ban of political activities of resistance camp and leaders.”