Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has condemned the ongoing spree of arrests and booking political activists under Public Safety Act (PSA).
Terming the spree of arrests, nocturnal raids, as “clear sign of frustration and undemocratic attitude” of state government, spokesman of the JKLF, in a statement today, said, “Police arrested JKLF vice-president for district Kulgam Assadullah Sheikh at Ramban when he was travelling along with his fruit vehicle towards Jammu.” “He was brought to police station Devsar and immediately booked under PSA and shifted to Kuthwa jail. Truck laden with fruit has also been seized and kept at same police station. It can cause damage to the fruit. Kulgam police has also arrested and detained the organizer of a religious organization Moulana Arshid Qadri,” the statement said.
“Ailing chairman JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik is languishing in jail from July 8, and after his arrest he has been kept in solitary confinement. Similarly JKLF zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal and JKLF activists, Fayaz Ahmad Mir from Ganderbal and Shabir Ahmad Ganaie of Kakapora Pulwama, Mushtaq ahmad Mir of Kupwara, and Assadullah Sheikh after being booked under PSA have been shifted to Jammu. The JKLF vice chairman advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt along with zonal vice president Muhammad Yasin Butt and senior member Muhammad Amin Magloo are lodged at Rajbagh police station,” he said.
“He said JKLF vice chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi is lodged at police station Humhama, JKLF district president Ganderbal Bashir Ahmad Rather (Boya) is detained at Ganderbal police station while as JKLF zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri is detained at police station Kothibagh here,” he said. “Thousands of young and old people, students and innocent boys and children have been arrested so far and many have been shifted to different outside jails under PSA as so-called rulers continue their efforts to impose peace and silence of a graveyard in Kashmir,” condemning the continuous curfew in Kishtwar and other areas of Pirpanjal and Chenab valley.
The spokesman also condemned the continuous house arrest of Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and detention of other leaders including Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq, DFP chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Altaf shah, Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Ayaz Akbar, Doctor G M Hubbi and Advocate Muhammad Shafi Reshi. Condemning the “onslaught” on voluntary relief organizations who have been providing relief and rescue to common people at hospitals during last three months, the spokesman said, “seizing their ambulances, stopping their voluntary work, and ordering them to halt their humanitarian activities is highly condemnable.”