Yasin Malik sent to jail, crackdowns on JKLF continue

Srinagar, February 09, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have sent the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, who was arrested by Indian police, yesterday, to jail on seven-day remand. The authorities arrested JKLF chairman to prevent him from leading protests, today, on the completion of three years to the secret hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail.

The All Parties Hurriyet Conference (G), the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference and other Hurriyet groups had called for a complete shutdown and peaceful protests, today. A police contingent raided the JKLF office in Srinagar and arrested Muhammad Yasin Malik along with party leaders, Mushtaq Ajmal, Ashraf-Bin-Salam and Ghulam Muhammad Dar. They have been imprisoned in Central Jail, Srinagar.

Talking to journalists before being taken into custody, Muhammad Yasin Malik said that the JKLF had decided to stage peaceful protest on Wednesday to draw attention of the world community towards India’s denial of mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt to their family members. Later, a JKLF spokesman said that Yasin Malik and three other arrested leaders were presented before a magistrate in Srinagar who sent them on a seven-day judicial remand to Central Jail Srinagar.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued from Central Jail Srinagar while paying glowing tributes to Muhammad Afzal Guru said that Kashmiris would continue their struggle till India returns the mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru. He said that Afzal’s sacrifice is an indelible chapter of Kashmir history and no Kashmiri will forget the tyrannical attitude of Indian state towards Muhammad Afzal Guru.

On the other hand, crackdown on JKLF continued as besides Muhammad Yasin Malik, other party leaders including Mushtaq Ajmal, Ashraf Bin Salam and Ghulam Muhammad Dar continue to remain in Srinagar central jail while as district President Budgam Gulzar Ahmad Pahalwan was also arrested by police last night.

Police also raided the residence of martyr Muhammad Maqbool Butt at Trehgam to arrest his younger brother Zahoor Ahmad Butt. The residences of JKLF Vice Chairman Master Muhammad Afzal, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Bashir Ahmad Rather, Muhammad Rafiq War and Mushtaq Ahmad were also raided by the Indian police.

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