Intensifying its crackdown on separatists ahead of first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, police on Monday arrested chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Muhammad Yasin Malik from the party's office here.
In a statement, a JKLF spokesman said police raided the JKLF office this afternoon and asked Malik to accompany them. He was taken to Central Jail Srinagar on a judicial remand.
Before his arrest, the JKLF chairman, according to the spokesman, told media: "Putting people behind bars has become a hallmark of the present regime in Jammu and Kashmir. Such moves are aimed at suppressing the voices of people. Kashmir has been turned into a killing field where on a daily basis, educated young boys are being killed in cold-blood on one or the other pretext."
"Whosoever comes on streets to challenge oppression is being showered with bullets, pellets and shells, resulting in deaths, injuries, blinding and destruction," the JKLF chief said.
A nation whose young boys are being killed with impunity, where spilling of blood is celebrated on a daily basis and where thousands of young and old are being terrorized in jails and police stations cannot live in serenity, he said.
"The pain and agony of this loss is huge and so is the zeal and passion of resistance which gets increased with every tyranny and suppression of the oppressors," Malik said. "New Delhi considers JK as its colony and that is why it has no respect for human tragedies and miseries here. Leaders sitting in Delhi derive sadistic pleasure from the spilling of more and more blood."
"If freedom movements of nations were to be finished by military might and oppression, no country, including India, could have got freedom. Fact of the matter is that military might, police oppression and forcible control never triumph and it is the oppressed people who have the last laugh in battles."