SRINAGAR: Police on Tuesday raided the office of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) at Abi Guzar here and arrested its chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik along with party leader Ghulam Muhammad Dar, a party spokesperson said.
The spokesperson in a statement said both leaders were shifted to central jail Srinagar on a judicial remand.
Prior to his arrest, the spokesperson said, the JKLF chairman addressed media persons, saying, “Kashmir has been turned into a big jail where young and old, men and women and even minors are being imprisoned, tortured and humiliated shamelessly. Every Kashmiri is living in a constant fear as Indian occupational forces have unleashed a reign of terror across the valley especially in north and south of Kashmir.”
“Young and old Kashmiris and even women folk are being tortured, beaten, killed, maimed and humiliated during crackdowns under the pretext of Operation All Out and recently after staging drama in the so-called assembly over Shopian killings by Indian army, the so-called chief minister had to eat a humble pie and issue a statement praising the very killers (Indian army).”
Malik added, “Today even I don’t know why I am being arrested but this has become a common practice of the so-called rulers to arrest people and suppress their democratic voices by putting them behind bars.”
JKLF chairman said as soon as resistance camp especially the joint resistance leadership (JRL) announces any peaceful political program, the nocturnal and day long raids, arrests, restrictions and other “oppressive” measures by police begin immediately.
“Indian rulers and their Kashmiri stooges by using police and army might to suppress people’s voices are actually making mockery of democracy and political ethics which is highly condemnable,” Malik said. “Harsh measures, oppressive and suppressive tactics, arrests, torture, vandalising of properties, humiliating common masses and choking political space has and can never put Kashmiris into submission because forcing any nation into submission by military is never possible,” JKLF chief said.