JKLF Condemns Use Of Force Against Demonstrators
13 November 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: JKLF today condemned the 'use of force on the peaceful demonstrations held by the people in various parts of the valley'. A spokesman of JKLF accused the chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of indulging in 'double-speak' saying 'on one hand he describes these demonstrations as justified and on the other hand maintains silence on the use of force by police and STF to disperse these demonstrations. 'The ruling PDP has gone one step ahead of the previous establishments and has a the free run to the forces to unleash force on the peaceful demonstrators', said the spokesman. He said that the protest demonstrations which are being held in various parts of the valley against the recent rape incidents are 'brutally' dispersed. He cited the examples of Kralkhud-Handwara (where the latest incident had taken place), Kashmir university campus, NIT and Medical college in this regard. The spokesman condemned what he called the inhuman treatment meted out to the separatist leader and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik by police after he handed over the memorandum to UN military observers. Meanwhile Hurriyat (G) chairman Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani has also condemned the police action against Malik. 'Such actions demand from Mufti Sayeed that he should not make the mistake of repeating the slogans 'Battle of ideologies' and 'Healing Touch', the spokesman quoted Geelani as saying.