JKLF chief Yasin Malik ends hunger strike
The JKLF chief ended his three-day hunger-strike against the indiscriminate killing of Kashmiris, reports Rashid Ahmad.Updated: Feb 08, 2007, 21:13 IST
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief ended his three-day hunger-strike on Thursday, against what he alleged indiscriminate killing of Kashmiri people, with a threat that if security forces were not reined in, he would go for fast-unto-death.
"Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had made a big promise here that human rights violations by security forces would not be tolerated. He had promised zero-tolerance with regard to human rights violations.
"But Indian security forces are killing and harassing innocent people in Kashmir with impunity", he told media persons after he broke the fast.
"This was a token protest by me. If security forces continued with their campaign against common people in Kashmir, I will be left with no choice but to go for fast-unto-death", he threatened.
The JKLF chief, along with dozens of his supporters had gone on hunger-strike on Tuesday. A large number of people including intellectuals, academicians and senior citizens visited Malik during this period. Relatives of several persons, who have disappeared allegedly in the custody of security forces, also visited the JKLF chief.
A girl, whose father has disappeared allegedly in custody of security forces, offered glass of water to Malik when he broke his fast on Thursday. The JKLF supporters raised pro freedom slogans on the occasion.
The valley has been reeling under anger for the past one week after police uncovered systematic and planned killing of civilians by the personnel of SOG and other security agencies in fake encounters and then projecting them as Pakistani terrorists.
Police have recovered by bodies of civilians in Ganderbal area, who were done to death in the name of Pakistani cadres of Lashkar-e-Toiba.
Around a dozen SOG men including one SSP and a DSP have been arrested so far for their involvement in the "heinous crime".