Srinagar, Dec 10: Despite heavy restrictions, spree of nocturnal and daytime raids, arrests, curfew and blockade, JRL leaders and activists, led by JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik managed to reach Maisuma Lal Chowk and marched towards United Nations observers office at Sonwar.
Police stopped this rally near Budshah Chowk and arrested Muhammad Yasin Malik, Rameez Raja( Hurriyat G), Farooq Ahmad Sodagar (Hurriyat M) and Shabir Ahmad Dar (Chairman Muslim conference S) along with other JKLF leaders Mushtaq Ahmad Ajmal, Zahoor Ahmad Butt, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri and Ghulam Muhammad Dar. All these arrested have been sent to Srinagar central jail till 16th December 2017, on a judicial remand.
To stop JRL programs on international human rights day, Police, that has kept ailing elderly leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani under house arrest from last many years, tightened the siege around his residence and even disallowed a human rights seminar on 9th December 2017. Similarly police also placed Mirwaiz doctor Muhammad Umer Farooq under house arrest and even did not allow him to lead Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
A nonstop oppressive operation was started to arrest , JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik who had gone into hiding on 7th December 2017,for participating in 10th December rally. Houses of many senior JKLF leaders including that of Muhammad Yasin Malik, advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Engineer Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidhi, Muhammad Yasin Butt, Javed Ahmad zargar, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, and others were raided during these days.
Various leaders were also placed under house arrest which included Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Agha Syed Hassan Almoosvi, Molvi Bashir Irfani, and Muhammad Ashraf Laya. Police also arrested Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Muhammad Yaseen Ataee, Syed Imtiyaz Haider, imtiyaz Ahmad Shah Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, and Muhammad Yousuf Butt and lodged them in various police stations.
Despite all these undemocratic oppressive measures JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik along with many others managed to reach Lal Chowk today and led a grand protest rally towards UN office.
JKLF chairman along with men and women in large numbers gathered at Madeena Chowk and marched towards Lal Chowk. Holding placards depicting slogans calling for the intervention of international community on human rights abuses in Jammu Kashmir, and raising slogans for freedom, the participants of the rally overcame many blockades and reached near Budshah Chowk.
Police and forces had laid a four layer blockade around the area and allowed no one to enter in. Lal Chowk, Kokerbazar, Harisingh high street, Basantbagh, Maisuma, Gaw Kadal ,Dalgate ,Court Road and Abi-Guzar, Regal Chowk and other adjacent areas. Whole Down town had been also blocked and put under siege by a stringent curfew. Vehicles of forces and Razor-wire were used to block roads and thousands of police men and forces were deployed to stop this march.
Prior to his arrest, JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik while talking to media person said that today civilized world is celebrating international human rights day but in Kashmir, the so-called biggest democracy has chose to choke every voice of dissent and every peaceful program on human rights.
He said that from last four days, the way police and forces launched a huge repressive operation against the resistance camp shows that India and its stooges despite their tall claims hold no courage to compete with Resistance camp on political ground and that Kashmir is actually a police state. JKLF chairman on the occasion read out the memorandum from JRL to UN secretary general.