Malik, Others Court Arrest In JKLF’s Jail Bharo Stir

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“50 people court arrest, sent to central jail”

SRINAGAR: The chairman of the JKLF, Muhammad Yasin Malik, on Tuesday courted arrest along with over a score of his associates to begin a jail bharo campaign against death penalties and life sentences awarded to Kashmiri detainees recently.

Malik and his associates were shifted to the Central Jail till December 14 after being taken into custody during a procession in the Maisuma quarter of central Srinagar, a statement said.

The five-phase campaign spread over ten days began with Javed Ahmad Mir, APDP chief Parveena Ahangar, advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Shabir Ahmad Dar, Abdul Majeed Wani (the father of slain JKLF area commander Ashfaq Majeed Wani), Ghulam Nabi Khan (father of life-term inmate Javed Ahmad Khan), and number of JKLF leaders and activists accompanying Malik to the lock-up.

Though eight of the campaigners, including Parveena Ahangar and rights activists Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, were released from the Kothi Bagh police station, Malik and nearly 26 others were shifted to the Central Jail.

The police said that they had been booked under sections 151 and 152 of the RPC.

Earlier, Malik said that Kashmiris were being awarded harsh punishments by reviving old cases under a policy of “judicial violence.”

“The JKLF had adopted non-violent means when it was extremely difficult to take such a decision,” he said. “The European Union too had advocated peaceful means, and the Kashmiri people achieved the transition as shown in the upsurge in 2008 to 2010,” he said.

“But today old cases are being revived to thrust people behind bars with the help of the courts,” he said.

“We are courting arrest to raise our voice against the atrocities being inflicted on Kashmiri detainees by awarding them life sentences in two-decade-old cases under the growing trend of judicial violence,” he said. 

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