SRINAGAR: Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have strongly condemned the assault and use of derogatory language against JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik allegedly by police at Khanyar when he was on way to Jamia Masjid to lead a peaceful protest.
A statement issued here by the joint resistance leadership (JRL) alleged that police resorted to manhandling and hooliganism against a leader who has prominence across the state for representing people’s aspirations.
“The police behaviour against JKLF chairman is a clear indication that Kashmir is a police state where police has been given a free hand to run its writ and highhandedness and in (such) situation, no Kashmiri is safe,” the statement said.
JRL added, “When a people’s representative like Yasin Malik is manhandled by those who claim to be law enforcers what can a common Kashmiri expect from the police.”
“Malik was on way to lead a protest called by the JRL but his vehicle was stopped and he was dragged, physically assaulted and abused at Khanyar by a senior police officer who also spoke venomously and made derogatory remarks on Kashmir’s resistance leadership.”
“Today’s incident at Khanyar makes it clear that police is following the RSS diktats and the policy of repression to muzzle the genuine voices in Kashmir and their aspirations,” Geelani and Mirwaiz said.
Meanwhile, many JRL leaders and activists assembled outside Jamia Masjid to stage a peaceful protest. They protested against “killing of Kashmiri boys by forces, use of brute force against students by police and other forces and the illegal detention of dozens of resistance leaders by NIA”.
The protestors strongly denounced the huge deployment of forces around educational institutions and use of pellets, teargas and pava shells against peaceful protesting students across Kashmir.
The protestors while terming the arrests made by NIA and ED as totally unjustified demanded the immediate release of Shabir Shah, Altaf Fantosh, Advocate Shahidul Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehrajudin Kalwal, Shahid Yousuf, Farooq Dar, Nayeem Khan, and Zahoor Watali, and said the detention of these leaders is “illegal” and that they should be released forthwith.