Malik Detained in Delhi, Flown Back

NEW DELHI: Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Yasin Malik was flown to Srinagar on Friday by Delhi Police, which took him into preventive custody after denying permission for his protest to press for his demands, including handing over the body of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. 

Pro-independence leader was to begin his 48-hour-long hunger strike on Friday but police had denied permission for the protest at Jantar Mantar.

As a preventive measure, Malik was taken into custody on Thursday night from New Friends Colony in South Delhi. “He was flown to Srinagar in a SpiceJet flight Friday morning,” sources said. Malik was apparently to go ahead with his 48-hour protest from today till Sunday.

Yasin Malik was later shifted to SKIMS, Soura after he, along with three other JKLF leaders, were shifted to Srinagar’s Kothi Bagh Police Station from Delhi.

The decision to deny permission for his protest came after security agencies submitted a report to the Union Home Ministry that giving permission to Malik to hold protest in Delhi may create law and order problem. The report also said Malik had been involved in “anti-national” activities in the past, they said.

Reports said Malik along with Shabir Ahmad Dar, Javed Mir and human rights activists Muhammad Ahsan Untoo were detained by Delhi Police at 10.45 p.m Wednesday night after the vehicle in which they were travelling from the Zakir Nagar area of the Delhi to Nizamuddin was stopped near New Friends Colony.

“Our vehicle was stopped near New Friends Colony. The policemen punched us, kicked us and tore our clothes. We resisted for a while but the policemen overpowered us and snatched our cell phones. From there we were taken to Delhi International Airport,” Shabir Dar said.

Javed Mir said that Malik was taken to a nearby Max hospital at around 2.30 a.m in the night after he began vomiting . “The doctors at the hospital advised Malik to get examined by a specialist Neurosurgeon,” he added.

Javed Mir said that the four detainees were sent to Srinagar in a flight which took off from the Delhi International airport at around 7.30 a.m.

Mir said the condition of Malik deteriorated in plane as well. “He was put on oxygen and some Kashmiri doctors as well as some tourists treated him well in the plane,” Mir said.

“On reaching Srinagar a local police party took us to Kothi Bagh police station. At around 2 pm Yasin Malik developed complications and he was shifted to SKIMS,” Mir said.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Ajaz Mustafa said that Malik complained pain in head and a senior Neurosurgeon Altaf Kirmani was treating him. “His condition is stable. For the time being I can tell you that he is out of danger,” Mustafa said.

Expressing anger at the behaviour of Delhi police Javed Mir alleged that they behaved in the most uncivilised manner.

“We were ambushed as if we were criminals. This inhuman behaviour of Delhi police would in no way dent our resolve to seek the mortal remains of Shaheed Afzal Guru and Shaheed Maqbool Bhat,” Mir said.

Maisuma Shuts Down: Maisuma and its adjoining areas observed a complete shutdown on Friday against the arrest of Mohammad Yasin Malik. 

According to reports, shops and business establishments remained shut in Maisuma and its adjoining areas after the news of Malik’s arrest by Delhi police reached there. People came on roads and raised pro-freedom slogans and burnt tyres.

Large contingent of police and para-military troopers were deployed in the area. Scores of people soon after Friday prayers assembled in Maisuma while youth resorted to stone-pelting. Police and CRPF personnel deployed in the area chased them away.

Police sources said that a young boy identified as Mohammad Kamran was arrested on charges on stone-pelting in the area. 

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