National Panthers Party Patron Professor Bhim Singh Wednesday said that Geelani is right in describing the 1987 Assembly elections as rigged and coercive one. Singh told CNS that National Conference patron Dr Farooq Abdullah played a major role to rig the 1987 elections and even the HIzb Commander Syed Salahudin was tortured in police station on the behest of National Conference.
“Muslim United Front badly routed National Conference in 1987 Assembly Elections but the coercive measures adopted by NC pushed the MUF members and supporters to wall. I myself visited Khoti Bagh police station where Molvi Muhammad Yousuf (Syed Salahudin) was detained. NC is trying to twist facts by claiming that 1987 elections were not rigged,” Singh said adding that at least 22 MUF candidates were forced to accept defeat by Dr Farooq Abdullah led NC GovernmentProf Bhim Singh said that human rights violations in Kashmir Valley have taken a heavy toll on people. “At least 60 to 70 Kashmiri youth are languishing in different jails of India. Most of them have been implicated in false case and are under trials,” he said.
Singh said that Kashmiri youth lodged in Jodhpur, Varanasi, Delhi, Bangalore and other jails of India have become the victims of flawed legal system. “In 2007 Supreme Court had directed to complete the trials of every detainee lodged in different jails, but no regard was shown to the SC directions as a results under trial Kashmir youth are suffering heavily in the jails,” he said adding that families of these youth are unable to meet their loved ones as they don’t get too much time to enquire about the well-being of their dear ones.