SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik was on Tuesday released from police custody.
A JKLF spokesperson in a statement issued here said since past last three years, Malik has been in and out of jails.
“Malik was arrested on the first day of Ramadhan and forced to spend first six days of the holy month in police custody. During last Ramadhan too, he had to spend almost full month in jail which is highly regrettable. It has become a preferred pastime of the so-called rulers and their police authorities to arrest JKLF chairman,” the spokesperson said.
He said as soon as anything happens anywhere; Malik is the first one to be put behind bars which actually shows the anti- democratic attitude of the rulers.
“This state of affairs is a mockery of democracy and freedom of speech. The frequent arrests have put Malik’s health in jeopardy which is fast deteriorating,” the spokesperson said. “The so-called rulers should at least have some respect for the holy month of Ramadhan and should refrain from imposing harm to human beings.”
The spokesperson said that a delegation of the kith and kin of many Kashmiri inmates languishing in different jails visited JKLF office and met with party chairman.
The delegation informed Malik about the ill-treatment meted out to Kashmiri prisoners in various jails of Jammu Kashmir and outside especially in the jails of Jammu region, the spokesperson said adding that Kashmiri inmates have been put in dark cells under shabby conditions.
“Besides mental torture, the inmates are being subjected to physical abuse too. During holy month of Ramadhan, even Sehri and Iftari has become a tedious affair for these inmates who are facing worst kind of apathy at the hands of jail authorities,” he said. “Authorities at the jails of Udhampur, Kathua, Imphala and Hiranagar have surpassed all previous records of tyranny and oppression. These jails have been turned into Abu Ghareeb where even human dignity and religious freedom is on stake.”
Expressing solidarity with the families of prisoners, JKLF chairman said, “The so-called rulers are disregarding their own Supreme Court by shifting inmates to jails which are hundreds of kilometers away from their homes.”
Stressing upon the need to take note of these “gross human rights violations” and plight of Kashmiri prisoners, JKLF chairman appealed ICRC and other international human rights organizations to save the lives of these inmates from the “wrath of India”.
Meanwhile, condemning the firing by army on unarmed men and women at Iftar time at Shopian, Malik said, “The occupational army and forces whose hands are painted with the blood of our loved ones want Kashmiris to join their forced Iftari operation and when people at Shopian last evening refused to do so, they were showered with bullets and pellets injuring many of them including some women.”
“This firing on unarmed civilians shows the real face of Indian occupation which neither has any respect for religious sentiments of the people nor does care for the lives of human beings,” he said.