‘Masarat Alam being subjected to chauvinism’
Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Thursday termed the charge sheet filed by National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India against Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chairperson Asiya Andrabi and her associates Nahida Nasreen and Sofi Fehmeeda as a ‘travesty of justice and democracy’.
NIA on Wednesday filed a charge sheet against Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Aasiya Andrabi and her two associates Sofi Fehmeeda and Naheeda Nasreen at Patiala House court in New Delhi.
The leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik in a statement said: “Putting political leaders and activists including women in jails on concocted charges and slapping repeated public safety acts (PSA) on political activists to prolong their incarceration is nothing but a travesty of justice and democracy.”
JRL said that dozens of Kashmiris have been arrested by NIA on “fictitious charges” and put behind bars for pursuing a political position which is contrary to that of India.
“On Wednesday ailing women leaders Syeda Asiya Andrabi, Naheeda Nasreen and Fahmida Sofi who are in NIA custody from last many months have been charge-sheeted by NIA. The chargesheet against these women leaders is not only concocted but a bundle of lies and sole purpose of this is to prolong the incarceration of these women in resistance.”
Similarly, the statement said, other arrested people who are languishing in Tihar Jail under similar charges and are made to suffer for their political beliefs and endeavors.
“Thousands of Kashmiris have been put in jails, interrogation centers and police stations and many of these are being slapped with repeated PSAs to prolong their incarceration and inflict more and more sufferings to them,” they said.
Terming 37th PSA on Muslim League chairman Masarat Aalam as another example of injustice and “state terrorism”, the JRL said: “A political leader is being subjected to chauvinism by illegal means and this is being done by police authorities in the name of so-called peace and democracy which cannot be termed but as state-sponsored violence.”
Meanwhile, JRL condemned the arrest of two brothers of a lady from Khunmoh who is in police custody. “Arresting and penalizing whole family is another act of police hegemony, displaying the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is a police state run and governed by police and forces.”