‘Attempt to murder’ charges levelled against JKLF chief, JRL condemns
Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Wednesday condemned the ‘attempt to murder’ charges levelled against the JKLF chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik, saying that booking pro-freedom leadership in ‘fake and fabricated’ cases has become the norm, which deserves severe condemnation.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a joint statement issued here strongly denounced what they termed as dictatorial approach adopted by the authorities against the resistance leadership in Kashmir, stating that booking pro-freedom leadership in ‘fake and fabricated’ cases has become the norm deserving severe condemnation .
Condemning the arrest of JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and seven others who they said have been slapped with ‘draconian’ sections that include 149, 148, 353, 336, 307, 152, 147, 427 and 128 while being under continuous detention.
The duo said that “leveling of these fake changes by the State authorities against resistance leadership is nothing but sheer political vendetta and harassment.”
Referring to the charges levelled against Malik and his associates, JRL said that “one fails to understand how can peaceful and unarmed march to protest civilian killings be termed as an ‘attempt to murder of policemen”! When the police itself armed with guns and ammunition prevents that peaceful assembly by using teargas canisters and other violent means to disperse people causing them injury.”
While quoting a couplet, “hum ah bhi kartay hai tou ho jatay hain badnaam, wo qatl bhi kartay hai tou charcha nahi hota”, the leadership said that turning the streets of Kashmir red with the blood of innocents Kashmiri’s is extremely unfortunate that police not only assists the forces but is busy framing fake and fictitious charges against the resistance leadership, activists and common Kashmiri’s.
“To divert attention from the massacre in Pulwama, police is now slapping the pro-freedom leaders with the charges they never committed, because in this land of impunity for the aggressor they (police) know they can get away with murder,” JRL said.
JRL also strongly condemned the solitary confinement of resistance leader Asiya Andrabi in the Tihar Jail in Delhi where she is languishing along with her two aides, Nahida Nasreen and Fehmeeda Sofi.
The leadership said that Asiya is already suffering from multiple ailments and confining her to a small cell has further deteriorated her heath posing a great risk to her life.
“The authorities especially the GoI’s backed NIA has not been able to produce any substantial evidence against Asiya and yet adopts anti-human means to prolong her illegal detention which is extremely cruel and inhuman,” they said.