SRINAGAR: Police on Thursday arrested chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik, a party spokesperson said.
He said a large contingent of police cordoned Malik’s residence in the wee hours ofThursday, raided his room, arrested him and immediately shifted him to Kothi Bagh police station.
The spokesperson in a statement condemned Malik’s arrest and said that to halt peaceful protest, arresting JKLF chief and placing other leaders under house arrest has become a hobby of police.
“Imposing restrictions to suppress people’s voices is no democracy but worst kind of dictatorship which Indian rulers are practicing under the grab of so-called biggest democracy,” he said.
He also condemned the crackdowns in Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam and other parts of valley as “worst oppression”.
The spokesperson said that “intimidating” slogans and statements of Indian rulers and “fascist” politicians cannot suppress, finish or even weaken our resolve for freedom.
“These anti-democratic acts only shame Indian claims of being the (world’s) biggest democracy and can in no (way) defeat our valour and desire for freedom,” JKLF spokesperson said. “Our struggle and peaceful resistance is based on truth and justice and will continue.”