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Govt imposing ‘jungle raj’ across Kashmir: Malik

Srinagar, Oct 23: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, on Tuesday blamed the government for imposing “jungle raj” in the valley, saying the people are not allowed to raise voice, cry or even sob over the civilian killings.

Malik, who appeared at Koker Bazar after remaining hidden in view of the crackdown against separatists, warned the state government for “bigger agitation ahead if it failed to stop the killing of youth”.

“The Joint Resistance Leadership supported by other pro-freedom parties had given a peaceful dharna call at Lal Chowk against killings and human rights abuse. But I had to stay in a mosque after police started detaining the leadership,” he said.

Malik said, “Youth have become soft targets of forces across the valley.”

“Everywhere across the valley, we witness killing of youth and funerals after funerals. But then jungle raj continues, which doesn’t allow people to speak, cry or resist. If this killing and largescale human rights abuse are not stopped, we will ask people to get ready for bigger agitation ahead,” he said.

After evading arrest for two days, Malik managed to reach Lal Chowk on Tuesday morning.

He arrived at Masjid Sharif Koker Bazar before Nimaz-e-Fajr.

Later after marching towards Lal Chowk along with his supporters and party men, the police, already deployed in the area, detained him.