The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Thursday condemned the NIA’s charge-sheet against incarcerated chairperson of Dukhtran-e-Millat (DeM) Syeda Aasiya Andrabi and her two associates, Naheeda Nasreen and Fehmida Sofi and yet another detention under PSA of Muslim League chairman Masarat Aalam Bhat.
“Putting political leaders and activists including women in jails on concocted charges and slapping Public Safety Act (PSA) repeatedly on political activists to prolong their incarceration is nothing but travesty of justice and democracy,” a statement issued by the JRL said.
The leaders also condemned arrests of “young and old people in every nook and corner of Kashmir”.
“Many Kashmiris have been arrested by NIA on fictitious charges and put behind the bars for their political ideology and beliefs. Yesterday ailing women leaders Syeda Asiya Andrabi, Naheeda Nasreen and Fahmida Sofi, who are in NIA custody for the past many months, were charge-sheeted by NIA. The charge sheet filed by the NIA against these women leaders is not only concocted but a bundle of lies and sole purpose of this is to prolong the incarceration of these women resistance leaders. Similarly other arrested people are languishing in Tihar Jail under same kinds of concocted charges and are made to suffer for their political beliefs and endeavors,” the JRL said.
“Thousands of Kashmiris have been put in jails, interrogation centers and police stations and many of these are being slapped with repeated PSAs to prolong their incarceration and inflict more and more sufferings to them,” the leaders said.
They said, “The 37th PSA (detention of) Muslim League chairman Masarat Aalam Bhat is another example of injustice and state terrorism. A political leader is being subjected to chauvinism by illegal means and this is being done by police authorities in the name of so-called peace and democracy which cannot be termed but as state sponsored violence.”
“Thousands of young and old including women are languishing in jails where they are being subjected to torture and torment which is against all international laws and covenants,” they added.
The JRL also “strongly condemned” the arrest of two brothers of a woman from Khunmoh, who has been in police custody for the past many months.
“Arresting and penalizing a whole family is another act of police hegemony, displaying the fact that Jammu Kashmir is a police state run and governed by police and forces,” the JRL said.