Call for shutdown against ill-treatment to Malik » Kashmir Media Service

People asked to boycott Indian election drama

Srinagar, April 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership has called for a valley-wide shutdown, tomorrow, against the ill-treatment meted out to the ailing and incarcerated Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik by India’s infamous National Investigation Agency in New Delhi.

The resistance leadership in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said the strike is also against the ongoing aggression against Kashmiri resistance leaders, activists, relatives and businessmen by NIA and Enforcement Directorate. Kashmiri human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in a statement feared that Muhammad Yasin Malik could be assassinated. He said that NIA handed him half dead over to Delhi police.

In his message sent out from the hospital, Muhammad Yasin Malik said zealous lovers of freedom and liberty cannot budge before tyranny and falsehood. He said, he is ready to spend his whole life in jail, kiss gallows, endure torture but would never surrender before the humiliating, callous, undemocratic and illegal behavior of the Indian state.

It is worth mentioning here that Muhammad Yasin Malik was arbitrarily shifted to Delhi from Kot Bhalwal jail, Jammu, where he was lodged under draconian Public Safety Act. He was shifted to some unknown place by NIA where he was kept in a bathroom like cell, humiliated and tortured mentally and physically. The NIA treatment forced him to go on hunger strike, which entered 12th day, today. On deterioration of his health, the authorities had to secretly shift him to a hospital in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, the people have been urged to boycott the third phase of Indian parliamentary elections in Islamabad constituency, scheduled to be held tomorrow. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar also called for a complete strike in the poll-bound areas of the constituency, tomorrow. Over 300 additional companies of Indian paramilitary forces have been deployed in the southern districts to ensure the conduct of election drama. Several Hurriyat activists were arrested a day ahead of the polling.

Protests broke out at the University of Kashmir in Srinagar when hundreds of students raising anti-India and pro-freedom slogans marched on the streets during an event organized by the administration in the university campus. The administration had to cancel the event in view of students’ protest.

Indian troops thrashed several youth during a cordon and search operation at Avend-Rawalpora area of Shopian district. Unknown persons hurled a grenade towards Senior Superintendent of Police office in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, today.

Traders associated with the trade across the Line of Control on Monday staged a protest in Srinagar to demand resumption of the business between parts of the divided Kashmir.


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