Srinagar: Various JRL leaders and activists were today arrested by police at Lal Chowk when they were marching towards UN observers office at Sonwar Srinagar to present a memorandum to UN secretary general on behalf of the people of Jammu Kashmir demanding the return back of Mortal remains of Foremost Resistance leader and ideologue Muhammad Maqbool Butt and great warrior Muhammad Afzal Guru who were hanged by so-called biggest democracy called India at Tihar jail on 11th February 1984 and 9th February 2013 respectively and buried inside the said Jail.
Those arrested today included Showkat Ahmad Bakshi, Mushtaq Ajmal, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Yasir Ahmad Dalal, Muhammad Yasin Bhat, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Sahil Ahmad (Boya), Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Farooq Ahmad Sodagar, Ali Muhammad Bhat, Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar, Fayaz Ahmad Lone, Bashir Ahmad Hakeem, Bashrat Ahmad .Earlier leaders and activists of JRL along with people from other walks of life including women gathered at JKLF office Maisuma and marched towards UN office. Despite heavy restrictions, stringent curfew and spree of arrests and nocturnal raids Leaders along with other people and activists marched towards UN office but as they reached near Budshah Chowk they were stopped by heavily armed police and forces. Holding photographs and placards depicting slogans in their hands and raising slogans in favor of Freedom, martyrs and return back of the mortal remains of Maqbool and Afzal, protesters gave a stiff resistance to police. Police after using brute force arrested many JRL leaders and activists and shifted them to police station, Prior to their arrest, JRL leaders Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Advocate Yasir Dalal while talking to media and protesters said that the Hanging of foremost resistance leader Muhammad Maqbool Butt and warrior Muhammad Afzal Guru and denial of a proper burial to them by India is a worst kind of cruelty and tyranny. Paying rich tributes to martyr Muhammad Maqbool Butt, JRL Leaders said that the illegal hanging of these two Kashmiris is actually travesty of justice done by so-called biggest democracy of the world and refusing these martyrs a proper burial shows how much India is afraid of these great martyrs. Speakers said that India by hanging Maqbool wanted to suppress Kashmiri voices for freedom and by refusing to hand over his corpses to his family for a proper burial this so-called biggest democracy wished to hide the legacy of Maqbool from reaching to his people. Indian has failed to achieve both these goals as thousands of young Kashmiris followed Maqbool and are sacrificing their lives for the freedom and self-determination, asserted the Speakers.
While condemning the oppression unleashed by so-called rulers to suppress peaceful protests on 9th and 11h February, Speakers said that imposition of curfew and restrictions in Srinagar, Sopore ,Kupwara and other parts of Kashmir, nocturnal and daytime police raids against resistance leaders and activists, placing many under house arrest including Senior leader and chairman APHC(G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and chairman APHC(M) Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and arresting JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik who is languishing at central jail Srinagar and others has exposed the myth of Indian democracy in Jammu Kashmir.
Speakers also condemned the arrest and house arrest of various leaders and activists including Muhammad Ashraf Sehraie, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Ghulam Muhammad Dar, Bilal Ahmad Sideequi, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Rafiq Ahmad Waar, Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, Umar Adil Dar, Fayaz Ahmad Mir, Syed Imtiyaz Haider, Muhammad Yaseen Aatie, Muhammad Yousuf Butt, Bashir Ahmad Chopan, Sajad Ahmad Pala and others.
It is pertinent to mention that today’s program was attended by Leaders Showakt Bakhshi, Mushtaq Ajmal Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Muhammad Yasin Butt, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, Ashraf bin Salam from JKLF and advocate Yasir Dalal, Farooq Ahmad Sodagar and Suhail Ahmad representing Hurriyat (M) And Muhammad Imran from Hurriyat (G).
On the occasion a copy of the memorandum to UN secretary general was also released to media. The text of the Memorandum is as follows. (KNS)