Police books Malik, others for ‘attempt to murder’: JKLF
I was hackled to death, JKLF chief tells court
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Wednesday said that its chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik and others who were arrested have been booked by police under 307 and many others charges and remanded to police custody for four more days.
According to a statement issued here, JKLF spokesman said that “Police on Tuesday presented the inmates before concerned Tehsildar, seeking a permission to send them to central jail but he ordered police to release all the detained on personal bond as per law.”
Spokesman said that police then using its ‘old tactics’, re-arrested Malik and others under various charges including section 307, 336, 353, 353, 427, 148, 147, 147 and 152.
“Today, all detainees including Malik were first taken to police hospital for a routine medical checkup and then presented before the court of 3rd Munsif,” he said.
According to the spokesman, senior lawyer, Advocate Bashir Sideeq represented Malik and others at the court and argued against the police FIR.
Malik after the permission from the court put forward the facts regarding the concocted police FIR. He told the court that “on 17th December 2018, JRL had announced to peacefully march to Indian Army headquarters in Srinagar under a plea ‘don’t kill us one by one, Kill us all together’. As soon as we started our peaceful march, police started using its force to stop the march and resorted to heavy shelling, cane-charge and other modes of suppression.”
“Even women and girls participating in protest were not spared and heavy shelling injured many of them too. Police officers almost hackled me to death of which video evidence is available,” he said.
He told the court that “those who assaulted peaceful protesters and almost strangulated me to death have charged us with attempt to murder which can only be termed as travesty of the law. Police then arrested us and booked us under 107,151 but as soon magistrate ordered our release on personal bond, police re-arrested and booked us Under 307 like charges.”
“It is ironical that peaceful protesters are booked under act of ‘attempt to murder’ and today I challenge police in this court to bring one policeman or officer who has sustained any injury at the hands of protesters on that day and prove their claim,” Malik said.
He further told the court that “this kind of police attitude is actually responsible for pushing Kashmiri youth to the wall and path of armed resistance which court of laws should also take a note of and provide justice to innocent youth.”
After hearing the arguments of Malik and Advocate Bashir Sideeq, the court as per JKLF spokesman ordered to send all incarcerated person including Malik on four days police remand after which all have been again shifted back to police station Maisuma.