Separatists continue poll boycott campaign in south Kashmir; several arrested
Despite the security agencies rounding up the separatists and their supporters ahead of the polls, separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front continued with its anti-elections campaign on Friday. However, several other Hurriyat leaders were prevented from addressing such rallies.india Updated: Mar 28, 2014 23:58 IST
Despite the security agencies rounding up the separatists and their supporters ahead of the polls, separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front continued with its anti-elections campaign on Friday. However, several other Hurriyat leaders were prevented from addressing such rallies.
Several JKLF leaders and activists after Friday prayers visited villages and towns in south Kashmir seeking peoples pledge not to vote.
South Kashmir's Anantnag parliamentary constituency, where Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti is pitted against ruling National Conference's Mehboob Beg, is going for polls on April 24.
"People are being apprised of the bad effects and consequences of participating in Indian elections," said a JKLF spokesman.
These JKLF supporters distributed pamphlets among devotees attending Friday prayers at mosques.
"The main aim and objective of elections organised by India and held under the Indian Constitution is to prolong the slavery of Kashmiris, to legislate new tyrannical and oppressive laws against people of Jammu and Kashmir and to subject Kashmiris to torture and repression," alleged these separatists while distributing pamphlets.
Separatist JKLF is also pushing its anti-poll boycott also around the hangings of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat (in 1984) and Afzal Guru (2013).
"We appeal to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to show resilience and wisdom and not to get deceived by the slogans of electricity, water, employments, tehsils and nayabats," the separatists told people.
In Srinagar, the breakaway faction of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq's Hurriyat alleged its leaders were detained and disallowed from carrying out anti-poll rallies.
"Shabir Ahmad Shah (head of the Hurriyat faction) along with his associates, were arrested as soon as he stepped out of his Srinagar residence," claimed a Hurriyat spokesman.
The police also raided the houses of several separatist leaders in the parts of the old city.
"The restrictions are undemocratic and autocratic. People of Kashmir have become well aware of the dual nature of so-called democratic government that is staging the election dramas," said the spokesman.
The police have already rounded up 376 people under the preventive measures. At least 957 non-bailable warrants have been executed and 171 hamlets identified as vulnerable and 143 people unidentified as probable source of trouble.