SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Saturday condemned the arrest of party leaders and shifting them to Kotbalwal jail.
“JKLF deputy chief organiser Siraj ud din Mir and district president Baramulla Abdul Rashid Magloo were arrested from their residence and were shifted to Kot Bhalwal jail,” a JKLF spokesperson said in a statement in a statement.
“Police arrested Siraj ud din Mir in a nocturnal raid from his residence on April 2 while as Abdul Rashid Magloo was arrested March 29. After keeping them in custody for many days, police on Friday booked them under PSA and shifted them to Kot Bhalwal jail,” he said.
He said JKLF zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal was arrested by police on April 6 and was bailed out after ten days of incarceration. “As he stepped outside central jail, he was rearrested by police under some new cases and since then languishing in police station Kothi Bagh,” he said.
JKLF chairman termed the “highhandedness” against political activists and leaders as undemocratic.
“On one hand authorities are issuing statements about giving space to political activities to resistance leaders, but on the other hand every tactic is being used to intimidate political activists,” he said.
Malik said the behaviour of police was responsible for “pushing Kashmiri youth towards resistance. “Political leaders were not allowed to collect the medicines and clothes from their kith and kin and were immediately rushed to Jammu jail,” he said.
JKLF chairman said that the way police is “oppressing” political activists and is pushing Kashmiris to the wall is ridiculous. “Kashmiris have seen such oppression from last many decades and let the authorities use every mode and means of oppression against peaceful political leaders. Kashmiris will never surrender and will keep the flame of resistance high at every cost,” he said.
Meanwhile, Malik has expressed his heartfelt grief over the demise of famous Kashmiri judge Khurshid Ahmad Drabu who breathed his last in London. “Drabu sahib was a humble soul whose absence will always be felt,” he said while praying for his heavenly abode and prayed for the patience of his bereaved family.