A day before his Safar-e-Azadi (journey to freedom), Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chief Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested at Kokernag in South Kashmir. He has been lodged at the police station, Kokernag. Around 20 other functionaries and activists of the Front were also taken into custody but they were later released. Police also seized the bus, JKLF chairman had hired for undertaking the statewide journey.
The Safar-e-Azadi, which was to begin from May 6, was a campaign meant to involve the people of Jammu and Kashmir in a dialogue process between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. Malik, who last month announced the launch of the campaign, had said that India and Pakistan were trying to impose a solution on the people whereas "we want that the people of Kashmir must decided about their destiny by themselves."
The JKLF activists had been camping at Zalangam in Kokernag for the past two days before the launch of the journey on Sunday. Police on Saturday swooped on JLKF men and removed the tent and asked them to pack up.
An official spokesperson said that the JKLF had not sought permission for the journey and there could have been law and order problem. JKLF spokesperson Ashraf Bin Salam condemned the police action.
Yasin Malik, who pleads for complete independence of Jammu and Kashmir, earlier launched a signature campaign to press for his demand. He had got the signaures of over 15 lakh people in support of his demand.