Malik’s Detention Triggers Protest In Maisuma

Malik’s Detention Triggers Protest In Maisuma

3 May 2013
Greater Kashmir


New Delhi: Detention of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik in New Delhi triggered protests in Srinagar’s Maisuma locality on Friday. After the congregational Friday prayers, hundreds of youth took to streets at Maisuma and fought pitched battles with police and paramilitary CRPF. The protesters tried to move towards Lal Chowk, however police and CRPF fired teargas shells to disperse them. Reports said during the clashes some youth were taken into custody. Shops and business establishments in Maisuma, Budshah Chowk and adjoining areas were closed to protest against Malik’s detention. Malik was scheduled to sit on a 48-hour hunger strike at Jantar Mantar to press for return of mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guru. However, Delhi Police denied him the permission. Malik along with Javaid Ahmad Mir, Shabir Ahmad Dar and human rights activist Ahsan Untoo were detained near Moolchand flyover in Delhi late Thursday night and taken into preventive custody. The Delhi Police had informed Malik about denial of permission. He was also intimated that he was being kept under preventive arrest as there was a danger to his life in the light of developments following the killing of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner, in a Lahore jail. Earlier, in a report submitted to the Home Ministry, Delhi Police had expressed fears that permitting Malik to hold protest at Jantar Mantar in central Delhi and near Parliament House can create serious law and order problems as “he had shared dais with Lashker-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Sayeed to protest against the hanging of Guru, during his recent visit to Pakistan.” The report was accepted by the Ministry following which he was denied permission. Malik and others were shifted to Kashmir in a Spice Jet morning flight. After landing at the Srinagar Airport, they were lodged at Kothi Bagh police station. “We were ruthlessly beaten by Delhi Police, Malik and Ahsan Untoo suffered injuries. The cops dragged us mercilessly from the vehicle. When Malik resisted, some police officials beat him up. They caught hold of his hair and tore his clothes. Other police officials who were in civvies beat Untoo as well as Shabir Ahmed Dar and me,” Javaid Mir said. “They acted like Bajrang Dal activists,” he said adding that Malik was shifted to Max Hospital last night for treatment. From Kothi Bagh police station, Malik was shifted to SKIMS for medical check-up. A JKLF spokesman said Malik is suffering with cervical fracture and has been advised to wear a collar. Meanwhile, families of some Kashmiri convicts serving life imprisonment staged protests at Jamia Nagar Delhi. Mother of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Chairperson of APDP, Parveena Ahangar, were also among the protesters. Reports said they tried to take out a march from Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, to Jantar Mantar. However, large contingents of Delhi Police and CISF personnel did not allow them to move forward. “Kashmiri prisoners are political prisoners and not terrorists, release our sons and brothers, we want freedom,” were some of the slogans written on placards and banners. On the occasion, human rights activist S.A.R. Geelani, who was part of the protest, told news agency CNS from New Delhi that scores of Kashmiri men and women participated in the protest. “We were not allowed to hold a press conference,” Geelani said. Several eminent personalities joined the protesters to show solidarity with them. They included Prof. Zafar-ul-Islam Editor Milli Gazzet, Varvara Rao, President Revolutionary Democratic Front, Ganpatiprasadan, Secretary RDF, Prof. S. N. Saibaba, Prof. Delhi University, Prof Hani Baba, Prof Delhi University, Rona Vilson, PRO Committee for Release of Political Prisoners, and students of different colleges in New Delhi.