Malik threatens 'Jail Chalo' if lifers not revoked
12 December, 2012
Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front organized a torch procession in Srinagar to seek attention of international community and Indian civil society towards the recent life sentences awarded to innocent Kashmiris.
The procession was led by JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and was joined by Hurriyet leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Javed Ahmed Mir, Mohammad Ahsan Untoo and Altaf Khan. It started from JKLF headquarters at Maisuma and ended at Madina Chowk on Monday evening.
Clashes between protesters and Indian troops erupted when the torch procession marched towards the historic Ghanta Ghar in Srinagar.
Earlier, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a media interview on the sidelines of a seminar in Srinagar threatened to launch 'Jail Chalo Movement' (voluntary arrests) across the territory if the Kashmiris facing life sentences were not released forthwith.
"Twenty-nine Kashmiris have been sentenced life term imprisonment by various courts. After 20 years, our youth are being booked in old cases. In case, these life sentences are not revoked and all the youth released, we'll launch 'Jail Chalo Movement' across occupied Kashmir," he said. The JKLF Chairman also stressed a united voice for the Kashmir cause.
Protests were also held in the Nishat area of the city against the court verdict.
According to reports, family and relatives of Showkat Khan who was sentenced to life imprisonment, took to the streets and staged demonstrations against the verdict. The protesters, including a large number of women blocked the road. The angry youth also burnt tyres on the road.