Yasin Malik remanded to judicial custody till May 24, shifted to Tihar jail | KNO

Yasin Malik remanded to judicial custody till May 24, shifted to Tihar jail | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, April 24 (KNO) : Ailing incarcerated chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik was on Wednesday presented before a special NIA court at Delhi which has remanded him on a judicial custody till 24th May 2019, a spokesman said. “Concocted cases and prolonged detentions cannot break our resolve to fight illegal occupation and oppression, will keep striving for freedom of my nation till my last breath,” Malik said as per a statement issued to KNO. Later on after the court hearing, Malik has been shifted to Tihar Jail, New Delhi, spokesmen said. “JKLF chairman refused to budge before the NIA bullying and obnoxious attitude and started a hunger strike against it. After many days when his health deteriorated he was secretly shifted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi by NIA. He was kept in a dilapidated room, handcuffed wherein authorities tried to force him to break his fast but failed to do so,” statement reads. In the meantime, a counsel of Malik Advocate Sumit Koul approached court to allow a meeting. “NIA lied before the court and informed the court that Yasin Malik was lodged at some safe house outside Delhi. Court ordered NIA to allow Yasin Malik’s meeting with his counsel and the said meeting was scheduled on 20th April 2019. It was this court order that in fact forced NIA to reveal the truth about Yasin and his continuing hunger strike,” spokesman said. Koul was allowed to meet him on 20th April and on the same evening a magistrate was brought to the hospital that remanded Yasin on a judicial custody till 24thApril and ordered NIA to shift him to Tihar Jail, statement reads, adding that Malik finally called off his protest hunger strike After 12 days and was shifted to TIhar Jail. Meanwhile, in a message sent out from court, JKLF chairman said that freedom movements and freedom fighters do not fear concocted cases and frivolous charges levelled by the colonial powers. He said that “throughout history oppressors and colonial powers have used concocted charges to stop peoples march to freedom but these tactics have always failed and are bound to fail in future too.” “The fictional cases and prolonged detentions cannot break our resolve to fight illegal occupation and oppression. I will keep striving for freedom of my nation till my last breath and will never surrender before tyranny and falsehood,” Malik said. “We are (Aashiq’s) passionate lovers of freedom and always ready to spend our lives in Jails, kiss gallows, endeavor tortures and torment for our Ishq (passion). We can die for righteous cause but will never surrender before inhuman, callous and obnoxious attitude of Indian state and its institutions like NIA,” JKLF chief said. He said that “all these concocted cases and oppressive measures are politically motivated and display the frustration of Indian fascist rulers. Unity of Kashmiris under Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) and un-parallel resistance defeated the nefarious designs of the fascist rulers and what we are seeing today is actually their frustration which they are displaying by using their institutions like NIA to achieve their political goals.” “Ban on JKLF and other revengeful measures like these are also a part of this political frustration of rulers who want to bully Kashmiris by military and police might,” he said. Recalling ban on Indian National Congress by British imperialism in 1942 and incarceration of the whole Indian freedom struggle leadership then, Malik said that “just after 5 years of such oppressive measures British had to leave India and as history repeats itself India which is treading the footsteps of erstwhile British imperialism today will also have to leave Jammu Kashmir very soon.”(KNO)