By News Desk | New Delhi, India
Around one-hundred-fifty Kashmiris who traveled to Delhi to join the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front’s (JKLF) 48-hour long hunger strike at Jantar Mantar here, today, protested in Jamia Nagar as the Delhi police didn’t allow the protestors to go out of the vicinity. The Chairman of the front, Yasin Malik, was arrested by the police last night and shifted to Kashmir where he has been admitted in a hospital after receiving head injury.
The police had cancelled the two-day hunger strike led by the JKLF against government repression in the Valley and to press for the demand to return the bodies of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Butt. Both of them are buried in Delhi’s Tihar jail since Butt’s hanging on 11 February 1984 and Guru’s on 9 February 2013 by India.
A Press Conference was scheduled at the Press Club of India today but the Delhi Police canceled the booking at the club. The protestors gathered outside the Nagina House – a local hotel where they were staying, included relatives of Kashmiris who are serving life term in jails, Maqbool Butt’s family, and also the Chairman of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, Parveena Ahangar.
The protestors were holding placards condemning the Indian rule in Kashmir and demanding the return of their husbands, sons and fathers who have been disappeared in Kashmir after their arrest or kidnap by the Indian forces.
Among those who came to join the protest included Prof. Zafar Ul Islam (Editor of Milli Gazzete), Varvara Rao (President, Revolutionary Democratic Front and a renowned poet), Ganpatiprasadan (Secretary RDF), Prof. S. N. Saibaba (Delhi University), Prof. Hani Baba (Delhi University), Rona Vilson (Committee for Release of Political Prisoners), and SAR Geelani was also present with many students of colleges and universities of Delhi.
Meanwhile, in the hometown of Yasin Malik and its adjoining areas today observed a complete shutdown against his arrest. Police arrested a youth soon after Friday prayers after scores of youth resorted to stone throwing in the Maisuma area. According to reports, shops and business establishments remained shut in Maisuma and its adjoining areas after the news of Malik’s arrest by Delhi police reached there. People came on roads and amid pro-freedom slogans and burnt tyres.
Large contingent of police and Para-military troopers were deployed in the area. Police sources said that a young boy identified as Mohammad Kamran was arrested on charges on stone-throwing in the area.
– Inputs from CNS
Photographs by Muhabit Ul Haq and JKLF