JKLF holds torch,candlelight protest

Demands Return Of Maqbool Bhat’s Mortal Remains

GK NEWS NETWORK

Srinagar, Feb 2: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Saturday organized a torch sit-in at Madina Chowk at Maisuma here to protest against the “worsening plight” of Kashmiri political detainees in jails. The Front also demanded return of Shaheed Maqbool Bhat's mortal remains to Valley from Tihar Jail in New Delhi.
 Hundreds of people participated in the sit-in and in raised slogans in favor of freedom, martyrs, prisoners and in support of the return of mortal remains of Shaheed Muhammad Maqool Bhat. 
 Before and after the sit-in, processions were taken out from Madina Chowk to Maqbool Manzil here in which scores of people participated. The sit-in was attended by JKLF leaders, workers, kith and kin of martyrs and prisoners and also the chairman JKLF (H) Javid Ahmad Mir. 
 Addressing the protesters, the Front acting chairman advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat said: “The path of struggle and sacrifices rendered by Shaheed Muhammad Maqbool Bhat's is our way. We are the torchbearers of these sacrifices and struggle and will keep our struggle on till the achievement of the goal. The harsh verdicts against Kashmiris are nothing but a torture policy of New Delhi. Despite these undemocratic tactics, Kashmiris will keep alive the flame of freedom struggle.”
 He said: “The day of martyrdom of Shaheed Muhammad Maqbool Bhat's, 11th February) reminds us about the sacrifices of the great leader who kissed gallows but never compromised on the struggle and principles. He was hanged undemocratically and after his martyrdom his body was not handed over to Kashmiris. Instead it was buried inside Tihar jail, Delhi, and still remains there. Kashmiris have been for last three decades demanding for the return of his mortal remains for his decent burial with honor and dignity. A grave has been kept reserved for Bhat's at Mazar-I-Shuhada Eid Gah Srinagar,” said Bhat, calling for complete shutdown on February 11.  
 Expressing serious concern over the plight of prisoners in jails, Bhat said: “Today’s programme is also intended to highlight the deteriorating condition of the prisoners languishing in jails and also to protest against recent verdicts wherein many Kashmiris have been sentenced to life imprisonment.”

Lastupdate on : Sat, 2 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 2 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 3 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST




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