Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leadership on the call of Joint Resistance Leadership on Friday carried out a peaceful march from Maisuma to Budshah Chowk against shifting of Kashmiri prisoners to outside state jails, move to save the culprits involved in rape and murder of innocent Asifa and the civilian killings in Shopian.
The spokesman said participants in rally assembled at Madina Chowk holding placards and banners shouting anti-governmental slogans.
The protest march was led by JKLF Vice Chairman Showkat Ahmed Bakshi while scores of other activists and leaders included Zonal President Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Mushtaq Ajmal, Sirajuddin Mir, Shiekh Abdul Rashid, Zahoor Bhat, Muhammad Yasin Bhat, Muhammad Sidiq Shah, Ashraf Bin Salam, Mushtaq Ahmed Khan, Prof Javaid, Shamim Akhoon and Mehrajuddin Parray were also present.
Showkat Ahmed Bakshi while talking to media said that political prisoners are being shifted from Kashmir to outside jails under a well-planned conspiracy and it is the only vendetta.
“Whole world has accepted the rights of political prisoners. Those who violate the rights of prisoners have no right to call themselves democratic,” spokesman quoted Bakshi saying.
He said that those prisoners shifted from Srinagar to outside state jails are being harassed and tortured.
“Even court directions are being violated while the Kashmiri prisoners at Tihar Jail are facing a hell-like situation,” Bakshi said.
He said that it is the strategy of the government to harass people of Kashmir and that is why Shopian like incidents are taking place.
Castigating those who are eager to save the culprits involved in rape and murder of little girl Asifa, Bakshi said that new ways are being adopted to save rapists, “it is a shameful act that fanatics are carrying out pro-rape rallies to save the culprits involved in heinous crime at Kathua,” adding that equally shameful is the silence maintained by Indian media over the issue.