SRINAGAR: The leaders and activists of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Friday staged a protest march here against the shifting of Kashmiri prisoners to outside valley jails, the “move to save” the culprits involved in rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, and the civilian killings in Shopian last week.
The protest, led by JKLF vice chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakshi, assembled at Madina Chowk and took out a peaceful rally from Maisuma to Budshah Chowk. They were carrying placards and banners.
On the occasion, Showkat Bakhshi said that political prisoners are being shifted from Kashmir to outside jails under a well-planned conspiracy and termed it “vendetta”.
“Whole world has accepted the rights of political prisoners. Those who violate the rights of prisoners have no right to call themselves democratic,” Bakhshi said, adding, “All efforts will be made to mitigate the sufferings of the prisoners.”
He alleged the shifted prisoners are being harassed, tortured and deprived of medical facilities. “Even court directions are being violated. The Kashmiri prisoners at Tihar Jail are facing a hell like situation. It is the strategy of India to harass people of Kashmir; that is why Shopian like incidents are taking place,” he said.
Castigating those “who are eager to save the culprits” involved in rape and murder of a minor girl, JKLF vice chairman said new ways and means are being adopted to save the rapists.
“It is a shameful act that fanatics are carrying out pro-rape rallies to save the culprits involved in heinous crime at Kathua. Equally shameful is the silence maintained by Indian media. This exposes their duplicity,” Showkat said. “The fundamental elements and agencies should bear it in mind that Kashmiri Muslims will always stand with Jammu Muslims and will not tolerate any assault on them.”