By News Desk | New Delhi, India
The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Yasin Malik remained adamant to go on with the proposed 48-hour hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar here to press government of India to return the mortal remains of the JKLF founder Maqbool Butt and Mohammad Afzal Guru, despite the threats from right wing Bajrang Dal and Delhi police’s decision of not allowing the protest.
According to the scheduled program, the strike would start at 2 PM. However, the Delhi Police has not given permission to Malik to sit on hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar.
“We will start the hunger strike tomorrow (Friday). Even if Delhi police is saying they won’t allow our protest, we will still go ahead with it,” Malik told The Kashmir Walla in New Delhi
[pullquote]Also read from the archives: Yasin Malik’s interview “I am writing my biography” [/pullquote]Prominent among who are expected to join Malik at Jantar Mantar include Kuldip Nayar, Seema Mustafa, Prem Shankar Jha and several other academicians.
The JKLF also demands information about the thousands of disappeared people in Kashmir valley from the last two decades of turmoil.
“We will demand as to why the relatives of the victims of the fake encounter in Machil are being threatened by the security agencies and to reduce the life imprisonment punishment given to around thirty two Kashmiris,” a JKLF spokesperson said.
Mother and relatives of Maqbool Butt have also travelled from Kashmir to join the protests along with the Chairperson of the Association of Parents the Disappeared Persons (APDP) Parveena Ahangar and the relatives of the people convicted for life.