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JKLF protests against shifting of prisoners

Srinagar: Leaders of Joint Hurriyat Leadership along with locals holding placards and shouts slogans during protest against the recent Shopian civilians killings and rape and murder of 7-year-old Kuthua girl Asifa,in Srinagar on Friday. PTI Photo by Umar Ganie

Srinagar, Mar 09: To highlight the plight of Kashmiri inmates lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Friday carried out a peaceful march from Maisuma to Budshah Chowk, here.
A statement said the march was carried out to protest against shifting of Kashmiri prisoners to outside jails, move to save the culprits involved in rape and murder of a minor girl of Kathua and the civilian killings in Shopian.
The participants in rally assembled at Madina Chowk along with placards and banners, the statement said. It was led by JKLF vice chairman Showkat Ahmed Bakshi.
“The political prisoners are being shifted from Kashmir to outside jails under a well-planned conspiracy and it is only vendetta,” said Showkat Bakhshi, adding, “The whole world has accepted the rights of political prisoners. Those who violate the rights of prisoners have no right to call themselves democratic.”
He said all efforts will be made to mitigate the sufferings of the prisoners. He also alleged that those prisoners shifted from Srinagar to outside jails are being harassed and tortured and are being deprived of the medical facilities.
“Even court directions are being violated while the Kashmiri prisoners at Tihar Jail are facing a hell like situation,” Showkat said, adding that it is the strategy of India to harass people of Kashmir.
Castigating those who are eager to save the culprits involved in rape and murder of minor girl of Kathua, JKLF vice chairman said that new ways are means are being adopted to save the rapists. “It is a shameful act that fanatics are carrying out pro-rape rallies to save the culprits involved in heinous crime at Kathua. Equally shameful is the silence maintained by Indian media. This exposes their duplicity,” he said.
“The fundamental elements and agencies should bear it in mind that Kashmiri Muslims will always stand with Jammu Muslims and will not tolerate any assault on them,” Bakhshi said.