Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) today alleged the government was deliberately prolonging the detention of its chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and other pro-freedom leaders and activists to 'enforce graveyard-like peace' in Kashmir.
"Prolonging the incarceration of JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and others reflects the fact that Delhi wants to enforce peace of graveyard in Kashmir. They (rulers) want to suppress every voice of dissent by police and military might, crumple our peaceful resistance. This should also serve as an eye opener to those who are habitually criticizing Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), other leaders and policies related to resistance," a JKLF spokesman quoted the Front leaders as having said while speaking at a party meeting at party head office Abi-Guzar here.
They said, "The suppression by military and police has touched new heights in Jammu Kashmir. They have let loose reign of fear and turned Jammu Kashmir into a police state."
They said, "JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested along with vice- chairman Mushtaq Ajmal, Muhammad Hanif Dar, Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar, Imtiyaz Ahmad Ganie, Shakir Ahmad Ahangar, Fayaz Ahmad and Basharat Ahmad from a peaceful protest at Lal Chowk here. JRL, its constituents and the JKLF chairman along with his associates actually presented themselves before the authorities with a motto: instead killings Kashmiris one by one they (forces) should kill us all together."
"Police resort to tear and pepper smoke shelling, lathi-charge and other oppressive measures and even did not spare women protesters. After using brute and naked force, police arrested JKLF chairman and others and booked them U/S 107,151 but on the next day when a magistrate bailed them out, police came up with new concocted charges like U/S 307 (attempt to murder) to prolong their incarceration. After re-arrest, JKLF chairman and others were presented before a court which remanded them for seven days police custody which ended today. What is more astonishing is that those who used might to suppress a peaceful protest are charging those who became victims of their aggression with acts like 307 (attempt to murder)," the leaders said.
"Another JKLF leader, zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, is also languishing in police custody from a long time," they added.