SRINAGAR:JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, along with a few other separatists, was on Tuesday detained by police while leading a protest demonstration against the killing of an 18-year-old Kashmiri trucker in a mob attack in Udhampur, even as clashes continued in the state.
Malik, along with party colleagues and separatist leaders, visited the residence of deceased teen Zahid Rasool Bhat in Botengoo of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday to express solidarity with his family.
Zahid on Sunday succumbed to burn injuries, he had sustained in the petrol bomb attack by a violent mob in Udhampur on October 9 following cow slaughter rumours.
While addressing mourners at Zahid’s residence, Malik said Kashmiris would not remain silent over the attacks by Hindu fundamentalists backed by the Kashmiri rulers. “On the one hand, our young ones are burnt alive and their bodies are handed over to us and on the other hand, shameless rulers impose curfew, unleash terror and stop us even from mourning,” he said.
He said the rulers, who had “sold” their conscience for power and handed over J&K to RSS-like forces were directly responsible for these attacks and Zahid’s death. After paying his condolences and sympathies to the teen’s family, Malik lead a protest march against Zahid’s killing during which processionists were chanting anti-India slogans.
The demonstration was intercepted by police and paramilitary personnel. The cops resorted to heavy baton charge and there are reports that Malik was also beaten. A visibly agitated Malik was seen arguing with CRPF personnel while being whisked away in a police vehicle.
Malik and other separatists were detained at Anantnag police station.
Malik’s arrest triggered protests in the Botengoo area and his stronghold in Maisuma in Srinagar, with youth staging demonstrations.