Malik Released, Maisuma Resumes Business30 April 2011
Srinagar: Business activities resumed in Maisuma and adjoining areas in city centre on Saturday following release of JKLF chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik and his associate Showkat Bakshi. Police had registered a case against Malik for allegedly intimidating and assaulting the policemen besides ransacking some items in police station Maisuma on Thursday, leading to protests in Maisuma and adjoining areas. The shops and business establishments remained closed in Maisuma areas from Thursday. The authorities released Yasin Malik last night. Following his release, the shops and business establishments re-opened in Maisuma and adjoining areas. Traffic was also plying normally to old city through Maisuma, where JKLF headquarters is located. The trouble started at Maisuma on Thursday afternoon after people led by Malik took to the streets demanding release of a youth Ashiq Hussain Dar, arrested from the locality on April 27 night. A police spokesman said that a case was registered against Malik for intimidating and attacking policemen besides ransacking some items of police station Maisuma. He said a complaint was lodged by one Ishfaq Hussain Shah a Tavera driver at police station Maisuma that he was attacked by few unidentified people. “The complainant, who was injured, also alleged that he was beaten and some cash was also snatched from him. Accordingly a case FIR 23-11 under section 392-RPC was registered in Maisuma police station. The police started investigation and during the investigation, Shah identified one Aashiq as the assailant. On the identification of Shah, police arrested Aashiq a resident of Maisuma,” he said adding, “Malik along with his associates went inside the police station and intimidated and attacked the policemen besides ransacking some items of the office. He along with his associates disturbed the peace in the area. They indulged in disruption of the movement of traffic on the road in the Budshah Chowk. Later a case was registered and Malik along with an associate has been arrested”. Meanwhile, a JKLF spokesman said Malik would address a press conference on Monday.