Srinagar, Feb 11: various leaders and activists of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) were arrested by police at Lal Chowk today when they were protesting at Lal Chowk Srinagar demanding the return back of Mortal remains of Foremost Resistance Leader and ideologue Muhammad Maqbool Butt and son of soil Muhammad Afzal Guru who were hanged by so-called biggest democracy called India at Tihar jail on 11thFebruary 1984 and 9th February 2013 respectively and buried inside the said Jail.
Those arrested today included Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, professor Javed, Javed Ahmad Butt, Fayaz Ahmad Lone, Abdul Rashid Lone, Irshad Aziz, Shakir Ahmad Ahangar, Mukhtar Ahmad and Imtiyaz Ahmad Ganiee.
Many women leaders and activists including Muslim Khawateen Markaz Chief Yasmin Raja, Dilshada Bano, Afroza Akhtar, Naseema Bano were also arrested by police during the protest. Earlier leaders and activists of JRL along with people from other walks of life including women gathered near JKLF office Maisuma and marched towards Lal Chowk.
Police to foil Lal Chowk protest had sealed almost all entry and exit points with barbed wire and other barricades. Heavy deployment of forces and stringent restrictions were also in place but despite these oppressive measures and spree of arrests and nocturnal raids. JRL Leaders along with other people and activists marched towards Lal Chowk with passion. As this protest rally reached near Budshah Chowk it was stopped by heavily armed police and forces.
Holding photographs and placards depicting photographs of Martyrs Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru and raising slogans in favor of Freedom, martyrs and return back of the mortal remains of Maqbool and Afzal, protesters gave a stiff resistance to police and forces.
Police after using force arrested many JRL leaders and activists and shifted them to police station Kothi-bagh immediately. Prior to their arrest, JRL leader Sheikh Abdul Rashid while talking to media and protesters said that the hanging of foremost resistance leader Muhammad Maqbool Butt and warrior Muhammad Afzal Guru and denial of a proper burial to them by India is a worst kind of cruelty and tyranny that is exposing the tall claims of Indian democracy.
Paying rich tributes to martyr Muhammad Maqbool Butt, JRL Leader said that the illegal hanging of these two Kashmiris is actually travesty of justice done by so-called biggest democracy of the world and refusing these martyrs a proper burial shows that Indian state is fearful of even the corpses of these martyrs. While condemning the oppression unleashed by so-called rulers to suppress peaceful protests on 9th and 11h February, Speakers said that imposition of curfew and restrictions in Srinagar, Kupwara and other parts of Kashmir, nocturnal and daytime police raids against resistance leaders and activists, placing many under house arrest including Senior leader and chairman APHC(G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and chairman APHC(M) Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and arresting JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has exposed the myth of Indian democracy in Jammu Kashmir.
Speakers also condemned the arrest and house arrest of various leaders and activists including Muhammad Ashraf Sehraie, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Muhammad Salim Nanaji, Mushtaq Ajmal, Bilal Ahmad Sideequi, Muhammad Yasin Butt, Ghulam Muhammad Dar, Bashir Ahmad Boya, Gulzar Ahmad Pahalwan, Fayaz Ahmad, Muhammad Yasin Ataie, Shakil Ahmad Butt, Imtiyaz Haider, Muhammad Yosuf Butt and others. On the occasion a copy of the memorandum to UN secretary general was also released to media.