CPI(M) demands release of anti-indian separatist leaders

via http://www.zeenews.com/articles.asp?aid=480490&sid=REG published on November 4, 2008

Srinagar, Nov 02: CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami on Sunday demanded the release of separatist leaders, including JKLF leader Mohammad Yasin Malik, who have been arrested in recent weeks for taking part in an anti-poll campaign.

“We are unhappy over the recent arrests of leaders particularly under the Public Safety Act and demand their immediate release in the interests of the ongoing democratic process,” the party State Secretary said while addressing a rally at Nipora in Devsar constituency in Anantnag district.

The JKLF chief was arrested on October 23 under Unlawful Activities Act for launching a poll boycott campaign in Sumbal area of Baramulla district. Authorities yesterday slapped the stringent Public Safety Act on him.

Several separatist leaders including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Nissar Ahmad Bhat, Asiya Indrabi and Hakeem Abdul Rashid have also been arrested in recent weeks following the announcement of elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Tarigami alleged the Kashmir situation is “dealt only by force and harsh administrative measures” by the Centre.

He also accused the Centre of being “oblivious” to the harassment of Muslim youths. “Whenever any terrorist activity takes place Muslim youths are harassed and arrested,” he said.

“It is unfair to denigrate the entire Muslim community because of alleged involvement of some youths in undesirable activities,” he added.

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