PC’s Promise Broken Within Hours: Malik10 December 2010
Srinagar: JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who was detained from his Maisuma residence on Friday and not allowed to lead a torch procession, said Home Minister P Chidambaram’s promise that peaceful protests in Kashmir should be acceptable was broken within hours by the State government. Malik, who was scheduled to lead a “torch rally” from Khankah-e-Moula in old city was detained by police from his Maisuma residence this morning. Authorities had also deployed police and paramilitary personnel in strength in and around Khankah area to maintain law and order. JKLF activists led by vice chairman Bashir Ahmad Bhat led a torch rally from Maisuma. Carrying banners and placards, the JKLF activists were demanding an end to HR violations. However, the processionists were intercepted by police men, who used force to disperse them. The cops arrested Bhat and other JKLF activists. Condemning the police action, a JKLF spokesman quoting Malik said the government has broken the promise of Indian Home minister that peaceful protests in Kashmir should be acceptable and adequate space be allowed for such dissenting activities. “The rally intended to highlight the gross human rights violations in Kashmir and bring the attention of international community toward the long pending Kashmir issue for its resolution. However, authorities used brute force to foil the torch procession,” he said. He said blood of innocents is being spilled by unscrupulous people to get promotions and rewards. “Kashmiri youth are being booked under black laws and given harsh punishments for raising voice against injustice,” he said. The JKLF spokesman said scores of people took to streets in Maisuma after arrest of Malik and other party activists by police. “The protesters held a torch rally to protest the use of force by police on the World Human Rights Day,” he added.