SRINAGAR: JKLF Chief Yasin Malik has been detained on Saturday a day after separatists directed voters to discontinue from taking part in the elections to Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies.
“A posse of policemen raided Abi Guzar office of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) in the heart of Srinagar and arrested Malik to desist him from spearheading the poll boycott campaign,” a JKLF official stated.
On Friday, protesters of JKLF and a constituent of hardline Hurriyat began a joint election campaign by carrying out a protest rally in the city. During the rally, they went to several areas including Ganderbal and Budgam districts to collect people. They even recommended people to stay alert and stay away from the upcoming elections.
The elections to Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies are scheduled for April 9 and April 12 respectively.
“Making or boycotting choice is a popularity based right of each person however when race process is encouraged and master blacklist individuals are threatened, struck, captured and put in prisons, this procedure is lessened to a military operation,” Malik stated.
Naming the support in election process and voting as “contempting the sacrifices”, the JKLF chief stated the bypolls for assemblies and Parliament have been utilized to “dupe global sentiment” on Kashmir.