JRL condemns charge-sheet on Asiya Andrabi, her associates

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Srinagar

Joint resistance leadership on Thursday said charge sheet put forth by NIA against Asiya Andrabi and her associates is not only concocted but a bundle of lies and sole purpose of this is to prolong the incarceration of these women in resistance.

The joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said that putting political leaders and activists including women in jails on concocted charges and slapping repeated public safety acts (PSA) on political activists to prolong their incarceration is nothing but travesty of justice and democracy.

“While condemning the charge-sheeting of ailing women leaders Syeda Asiya Andrabi, Naheeda Nasreen and Fehmida Sofi by NIA, slapping of yet another PSA on Muslim League chairman Masarat Alam Bhat and caging down of hundreds of young and old in nooks and corners of Kashmir valley,” said JRL in a statement.

Terming the charge-sheeting of Syeda Asiya and her aides by NIA as a travesty of justice and democracy, leaders in a statement said that dozens of Kashmiris have been arrested by NIA on fictitious charges and put behind the bars for pursuing a political position which is contrary to that of India.

“Yesterday ailing women leaders Syeda Asiya Andrabi, Naheeda Nasreen and Fahmida Sofi who are in NIA custody from last many months have been charge-sheeted by NIA,” said spokesman in a statement.

“Similarly other arrested people who are languishing in Tihar Jail under same kinds of concocted charges and are made to suffer for their political beliefs and endeavors,” said leadership in a statement.

Leaders in a statement said that thousands of Kashmiris have been put in jails, interrogation centers, and police stations and many of these are being slapped with repeated PSA’s to prolong their incarceration and inflict more and more sufferings to them.

Terming 37th PSA on Muslim League chairman Masarat Aalam Butt as another example of injustice and state terrorism, JRL in a statement said that a political leader is being subjected to chauvinism by illegal means and this is being done by police authorities in the name of so-called peace and democracy which cannot be termed but as state-sponsored violence .

“Leaders in a statement said that thousands of young and old including women are languishing in jails where they are being subjected to torture and torment. This apathy towards Kashmiri inmates is against all international laws and covenants to which India is also a signatory,” added JRL.

“While condemning the arrest of two brothers of an incarcerated lady from Khunmoh who is in police custody from last many months, said JRL in a statement.

JRL said that arresting and penalizing a whole family is another act of police hegemony, displaying the fact that Jammu Kashmir is a police state run and governed by police and forces.

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