Srinagar: Over a dozen Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders on Thursday declined to sign a surety bond before the Executive Magistrate stating that they will not indulge in “unlawful and anti-national activities”
At least 19 PDP leaders, who were detained and booked last week under sections 107/151 CrPc for taking out a protest rally against the new land laws, appeared before Tehsildar South on Thursday, where they were asked to sign surety bonds. In the surety bond, the PDP leaders were asked to give an undertaking that they will not indulge in any unlawful anti-national activities and if they do so, then they shall be liable to face any action as per law.
Following the refusal to sign surety bond, the Executive Magistrate listed the case for next hearing on November 24.
“It is a legal battle and we will fight it legally,” PDP leader Yasin Bhat said.
Another leader Rouf Bhat said that the case has been listed for next hearing on 24 November.
Some of the leaders who were detained by police for trying to hold a march included Muhammad Khurshid Aalam, Abdul Hameed Kosheen, Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, Rouf Bhat, Tahir Sayeed, Yasin Bhat, Arif Laigaroo, Mohsin Qayoom Wani, Harbaksh Singh, Suhail Bukhari and others
Meanwhile, PDP President Mehbooba Mufti lashed out at the BJP and questioned in which democracy was the right to peacefully protest an ‘anti national’ activity?
“In which democracy is the right to peacefully protest an ‘anti national’ activity? PDP members detained last week for attempting to peacefully protest against news land laws in J&K today refused to sign a dictatorial affidavit that terms dissent as anti national,” Mehbooba wrote on her Twitter page.
“When will this deliberate attempt to conflate BJP with India stop? How does disagreeing with BJPs communal & divisive actions tantamount to being an anti national or sedition? Seems like India is the worlds largest democracy only on paper now,” she wrote in another Tweet.
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