SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has condemned the arrest of its senior member Umar Adil Dar who has been booked under PSA and shifted to Kathua jail.
In a statement issued here, JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said, “Umar Adil Dar accompanied by Hakim Abdul Rashid on August 1 was visiting Bar Association Islamabad (Anantnag) with a letter from the leadership regarding the issue of 35-A. He was arrested outside the court premises and within 24 hours slapped with PSA and sent to Kathua jail. Neither was his family in Srinagar informed about his arrest or shifting nor was he presented before any court of law.”
Condemning the “arbitrary” arrest and use of “black law”, JRL said on August 1, a statement from Director Ggeneral of Police (DGP) appeared in media in which he said that no peaceful protest regarding Article 35-A will be stopped.
“The ink of this statement had not even dried when police arrested Umar Adil Dar and booked him under PSA. Either DGP sahib is trying to befool public through his soft statements or his own officers on ground have no respect for his statements or orders, which is bizarre,” the leadership said.
“In past too, DGP sahib has been issuing statements like these but on ground, his officers do contrary to that and unleash reign of terror on whosoever comes their way,” the leaders said adding that Jammu Kashmir is a “police state”.
“The police attitude towards common people and political activists like Umar Adil Dar can only be termed as criminal and this is the attitude that has in past and is pushing Kashmiri youth to the path of armed struggle and ultimate sacrifice,” Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said.
The leadership appealed human rights organisations especially the ICRC and UN human rights council to “take cognisance of these arbitrary and illegal acts of Indian forces and police”.
“Jails and incarcerations are nothing new for resistance lovers but rulers, their police and civil authorities who act as subordinates to police should know that there is a law know as the law of retribution and every tyrant, oppressor and criminal will have to face this law of nature one day and answer for his or her criminal acts against humanity,” JRL said.