SRINAGAR, (SANA): Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik was detained along with his 12 party leaders and supporters at Sangam area on Srinagar-Jammu highway.
Malik was heading to earthquake-hit Doda region to distribute relief material. A JKLF spokesman in a statement said a police party intercepted JKLF cavalcade and detained Malik and others near Sangam Bridge in south Kashmir. They have been lodged at Awantipora police station.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Awantipora, Abdul Waheed said Malik was taken into preventive custody. “Malik was detained because of apprehensions that he might do any cognizable offense in my jurisdiction. I have nothing do with his Doda visit,” the SP told a local newspaper.
Besides Malik, JKLF leaders including Advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Showkat Bakhshi, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Imtiyaz Ahmad Bitta, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, Bashir Kashmiri, Prof. Javed, Giyas ud-din, Muhammad Haneef, Zahoor Ahmad and Shahid Makaya were also detained.
This is for the second consecutive time that police disallowed Malik from distributing relief in Chenab Valley. On May 29, Malik and his associates were detained in Doda and not allowed to distribute the relief among the quake affected. Many senior mainstream leaders including MY Tarigami, Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz and Nayeem Akhtar had pitched support for Malik’s endeavor to distribute relief in Chenab Valley.
JKLF has strongly condemned the police action. “Preventing JKLF from reaching out to their quake affected brethren in Doda, Bhelasa, Bhaderwah and Kishtwar has exposed all the tall claims of democracy by India and its puppets in Kashmir,” JKLF spokesman said in a statement. “This act of state terrorism also shows that public Jalsas (conventions) and Jaloos (processions) apart, there is a blanket ban on social work, providing relief to victims of natural catastrophes,” he said.
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