Ahead of a planned sit-in of Kashmir's joint resistance leadership, police on Sunday arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik while the Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest. The joint resistance camp has called for a sit-in-cum-seminar at Maisuma here on Monday to highlight the plight of prisoners lodged in various jails.
In a statement, a JKLF spokesman said "to foil the day-long sit-in and seminar announced by the united resistance leadership against plight of Kashmiri prisoners, police arrested JKLF chief from his residence."
"Cops raided his residence and arrested him. He was immediately shifted to Central Jail Srinagar. The JKLF Chairman is unwell from last few days because of viral infection and has been arrested in ailing condition," the spokesman said.
Strongly condemning Malik's arrest, the spokesman said the rulers are preaching high morals on a daily basis "but in fact have resorted to worst kind of immorality and aggression."
"Those claiming to be champions of battle of ideas could not tolerate even this kind of peaceful program and have resorted to use of police violence against it. Even police authorities recently announced to provide space to political programs but it appears that rulers only know the job of choking space and suppressing people's voices through military and police might," the Front spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (M) spokesman Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam said that chairman of the amalgam Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest at his Nigeen residence. "Mirwaiz was supposed to take part in the joint sit-in program," Islam said.
From the Hurriyat Conference (G), while its chairman Syed Ali Geelani continues to remain under arrest at his Hyderpora residence, senior leaders Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Ashraf Laya and Umar Adil have been placed under house arrest, said Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar.