JKLF Launches ‘Jail Bharo’ Agitation; Yasin Malik Detained

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SRINAGAR: Alleging lack of space for “political” activities, pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front today launched a 10-day ‘jail bharo’ agitation, with its chairman Yasin Malik and some other supporters courting arrest here.

Malik and his 10 associates courted arrest soon after they took out a march from Maisuma after Friday prayers, eyewitnesses said.

A party spokesman said that the campaign has been started against the choking of political space and oppressive behavior against peaceful political activities carried by the resistance parties. 

“The government is not giving us any space (for political activities). But we will not sit silent and will fight against the curbs,” Malik told reporters while targeting the PDP-led dispensation of Jammu and Kashmir.

He said JKLF cadres would participate in the ‘jail bharo’ agitation for 10 days and if the government continues to use the same tactics, then the group would come out with another protest programme.

Malik had on Wednesday announced that his organisaation would launch ‘jail bharo’ agitation to protest the “curbs” on it.

“We wanted to reach the villages of the Valley… But we were detained. There is no political space here,” he had told reporters on that day.

The JKLF leader had said Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed wants to pass the six years of his term by keeping the separatists under house arrest and by not allowing any political space. “It is our duty to protest against the curbs,” he had said.

Among those who voluntarily offered their arrest included Yasin Malik, vice chairman Mushtaq Ajmal, senior leader Javed Ahmad Zargar, Muhammad Haneef Dar, Muhammad Azeem Zargar, Fayaz Ahmad Lone, Ali Mohammad Butt, Irshad Ahmad Naykoo, Mushtaq Ahmad Wani and Shakir Ahmad Ahangar, a JKLF statement said.

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