JKLF chief condemns Sarjan Barkati’s prolonged detention

Srinagar, May 23: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the prolonged incarceration of Moulana Sarjan Barkati who is languishing in jail since 2016.

“Moulana Barkati has been held under many ridiculous charges and dozens of fabricated cases have been lodged against him. The courts have acquitted him of all the charges,” Malik said in a statement issued to GNS.

He said in 2016, Moulana Barkati was booked under PSA and sent to Kot Bhalwal Jammu jail. “After high court quashed his PSA, police instead of releasing him booked him under various fabricated cases and till date he is being kept in incarceration under these frivolous charges,” he said.

JKLF chairman said a person who is the only bread earner of a big family has been kept in jails for the last two years. “His family is suffering because of this apathy. Recently on court orders, he was released from central jail Srinagar but was re-arrested from jail premises by CIK and since past three days his whereabouts are unknown,” he said.

“Three days back he was released by Shopian court but soon after his release, he was again arrested,” Malik said and appealed ICRC to look into this matter and facilitate Moulana Sarjan Barkati’s release.

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has paid rich tributes to “great JKLF martyrs” Bashir Ahmad Dar @ Salim Malik, Mohammad Maqbool Dar (military man), Maulana Abdul Gani of Beerwah, Ghulam Mohammad and Abdul Aziz (fighter) on their anniversaries.

“Martyr Salim Malik was a great soul whose struggle and sacrifices for the freedom of Jammu Kashmir will always be remembered. A freedom struggle that is nourished by the sacred blood of such martyrs can never go in vain and today when we recall these great martyrs, we pledge to take forward their mission to its desired goal of freedom,” he said.

Meanwhile, a delegation from Kulgam today called on JKLF office at Srinagar and met with Malik.

“The delegation informed JKLF chairman of the hardships Kulgam residents are facing at the hands of police, army and other forces,” the statement said quoting the delegation, adding that Kulgam villages like Badroo, Mudibugh, Yambrach, Kaimoh, Khudwani, Owoora etc have become a special target of forces where nocturnal raids, arrests and vandalizing properties have become an order of the day.

JKLF chairman strongly condemned this “oppression” by Indian forces, the statement said. (GNS)

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