Srinagar: The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik Tuesday said slammed at the authorities over his detention, saying voices of dissent are crushed ahead of local body polls.
“In democracy people are given space to expresses their views. Participation or boycotting elections is also a democratic right, but here no peaceful political dissent is allowed and political leaders and activists are put behind the bars,” the JKLF spokesperson said quoting Malik before his arrest.
Malik said, “Military and police operation has been launched in Jammu Kashmir under the garb of Municipality and Panchayat elections. Many leaders and activists from joint resistance leadership have been arrested, slapped with PSA and shifted to jails outside Kashmir. Scores of youth have also been detained and are languishing in jails and police stations across the valley,” Malik said.
The JKLF chairman said that New Delhi has always portrayed elections as being a vote in their favour.
“Innocent killings are going unabated, beating and humiliating people under the garb of CASO has been expedited, use of black law PSA to cage down political dissent is at its peak,” he said.