SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik has condemned the prolonged detention of Moulana Sarjan Barkati who is languishing in jail since 2016.
In a statement, Malik said Moulana Barkati has been detained under many “ridiculous” charges and dozens of “fabricated” cases have been lodged against him.
He said courts have acquitted him of all the charges. “In 2016, he was booked under PSA and sent to Kot Bhalwal jail Jammu. After High Court quashed his PSA, police instead of releasing him booked him under various fabricated cases. A person who is the only bread winner of a big family has been detained for the last two years and his family is suffering.”
“Recently on court orders, he was released from central jail Srinagar but was re-arrested from jail premises by CIK and for the last three days his whereabouts are unknown. Three days back, he was released by Shopian court but was rearrested,” Malik said and appealed ICRC to look into the matter.
Meanwhile, JKLF chief has paid tributes to martyrs Bashir Ahmad Dar alais Salim Malik, Mohammad Maqbool Dar (military man), Maulana Abdul Gani of Beerwah, Ghulam Mohammad and Abdul Aziz (fighter) on their anniversaries.
A party spokesperson said that a delegation from Kulgam on Wednesday visited JKLF office and met with Yasin Malik.
“The delegation informed JKLF chairman of the hardships Kulgam residents are facing at the hands of police, army and other forces. Kulgam villages like Badroo, Mudibugh, Yambrach, Kaimoh, Khudwani, Owoora etc have become a special target of these forces, and nocturnal raids, arrests and vandalising of properties have become an order of the day,” the spokesperson quoted delegation as having said adding that Malik strongly condemned this “oppression” by Indian forces.