Malik In Lock-Up For Retrieving Jaleel Andrabi’s Body

SRINAGAR: The chairman of the JKLF, Muhammad Yasin Malik, was taken into judicial custody on Saturday, and had to spend one hour in lock-up before being released on a bail bond of Rs 20,000.

According to the JKLF, Malik was detained on charges of having retrieved the body of slain advocate Jaleel Ahmad Andrabi from the Jhelum and carrying it for burial in 1996.

He was taken into judicial custody when he appeared in a court hearing in connection with the case today.

“Andrabi was murdered in custody under the Indian army’s Major Avtar Singh, and when his torture-ridden body was retrieved from the Jhelum, the police rained batons and bullets on the procession carrying it for burial,” it said.

“Later, under pressure from international human rights organisations, authorities announced with a lot of pomp that Andrabi’s killers would be unmasked,” it said.

“Now that the involvement of the Indian army and Major Avtar Singh has been proved in courts, still no one has been arrested or punished so far,” it said.

“On the contrary, those who protested at the killing and tried to bury the martyr were treated to blows and bullets,” it said.

“Even the vehicle of Muhammad Yasin Malik was fired upon, but he had a miraculous escape,” it said.

“Instead of bringing Andrabi’s killers, all limits were crossed today by making a case against the JKLF chairman,” it said.

“This deplorable practice of judicial coercion proves that Jammu and Kashmir is practically under police and army rule, and the courts too are being used for this purpose,” it said. 

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