JKLF leader booked under PSA, shifted to Kot Balwal jail

JKLF leader booked under PSA, shifted to Kot Balwal jail
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Malik condemns, says authorities choking space for peaceful political activities

Srinagar: The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri has been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) and shifted to Kot-Balwal Jail in Jammu, the spokesperson said on Wednesday.
According to the statement, he said Kashmiri was in police custody from 12th December 2018. “The leader, a zonal organiser of JKLF, was arrested by police for organizing peaceful candlelight protests against human rights violations in Jammu Kashmir,” the spokesperson stated.
Terming his arrest as “arbitrary, oppressive and revengeful, JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik said that only crime that Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri committed is that he was promoting peaceful struggle and participated in a most refined, internationally well-established peaceful candlelight protests at the eve of international human rights day”.
Malik, the statement said, added that many JRL leaders were arrested, activists caged, houses raided and every “tyrannical measure” was taken by police and civil administration to stop peaceful candlelight protests. “Police launched hunt against Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri also and arrested him in a nocturnal raid on 12th December 2018,” JKLF chairman said. “He was forced to spend almost one month in police stations and was booked under PSA and without any prior information, shifted to Kot-Balwal jail.”
He stated that Kashmiri was not allowed to meet his children or family neither was his family informed prior to his shift to jail.
The resistance leader said that booking a peaceful political man “is a glaring example of how police and administration are hell-bent upon promoting violence and choking every little space of peaceful politics in Kashmir”.
Stressing upon the need of prompt and immediate action by International human rights organizations and groups, JKLF chairman said that Kashmiris are being subjected to every kind of “undemocratic and un-civilized oppression and it is the duty of the international community to intervene at the earliest to stop HR violations in Kashmir”.