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Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, on Sunday alleged that “torture and oppression was pushing youth to the wall and compelling them to join armed resistance.”

“Subjecting peaceful youth to third degree torture and humiliation and putting their families to unwanted trouble, killing them with impunity, celebrating their death and then fabricating a desired narrative through biased media can only be termed as naked Hitlerism,” Malik said in a statement.

JKLF spokesperson said Malik visited the families of slain Hizb militants Sajad Ahmad Gilkar at Pandan Nowhata, Tafazul Islam at Syed Pora Cherpora Narabal and Aaquib Gul at Gouripora Sanatnagar today.

Malik was accompanied by JKLF leaders, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri. JKLF chairman first reached Nowhata where he met with family of Sajad Ahmad Gilakar, who was killed in a gunfight with forces in Budgam. He expressed solidarity with them.

“Family of this innocent martyr, his friends and elders from the locality narrated the story of torture and humiliation by police that Sajad and his family had to endure from last many years and that ultimately pushed him towards the armed path. They told Yasin sahib that Shaheed Sajad was pursuing peaceful resistance but was repeatedly arrested, tortured, humiliated by police and other forces,” the spokesperson said.

“He was released recently from Kotbalwal jail after which he was in the process of settling his life. A day before Eid, he was busy with his job at Jamia Masjid Srinagar and trying to earn something for his family but was held by police from there. He was shifted to police station where dozens of police men charged at him with sticks and gun butts. They tortured him severely, humiliated him and after beating him to pulp released him later.  Police was questioning him about the killing of DSP Muhammad Ayub Pandit and he told police that he along with many others on that fatal day was in police custody and not present at Jamia Masjid,” he said.

“After his release he stayed at his home till third Eid and on fourth Eid attended court but afterwards never returned back. Now after killing him with impunity at Budgam, police has cooked up the story about him being the mastermind of DSP's killing which is an utter lie and absolutely absurd. People also told Yasin sahib that various other innocents arrested in DSP killing case are being asked to pay ransom for their release. This condemnable ransom asking is being practiced at many others places too,” the spokesperson said.  

“JKLF chairman on the occasion told mourners that Shaheed Sajad along with many other young boys had visited him some time before and narrated the horrible torture stories of police after which JKLF issued many statements in this regard,” he said. 

The spokesperson said at Syedpora Chirpoa Narbal, mourners narrated same kind of stories about Tafazul Islam. “He is survived by a five year old daughter and who after 2010 was arrested by army and SOG, raided again and again, tortured repeatedly of which he even complained to police once but without any redressal. Ultimately torture and humiliation forced him to join armed resistance and sacrifice his life,” he said. 

Malik while consoling these bereaved families said that before 1988, “youth perusing peaceful resistance were in same way tortured and humiliated by police forcing them to go for arms.” 

“I and my friends are also victims of same oppression that resulted in pushing them to the wall and brought up the historic peoples revolution in 1990. In 2008, when Kashmiri nation transformed its struggle from violent to a non-violent one, police and other Indian agencies turned back to their old ploy. From martyr Burhan Muzafar Wani to these recent martyrs, the stories of torture and police highhandedness are the same,” Malik said.