Have they sealed Yasin Malik’s fate?
Kashmir Updates -DAWN- 19 September, 2019
WHILE Kashmir continues to reel under a serious humanitarian crisis in the wake of the Aug 5 abrogation of Article 370, it seems another sinister potion is brewing in the Hindutva cauldron of India, to be served at an appropriate time to the collective conscience of the bloodthirsty electorate.
As part of the forceful annexation of Jammu and Kashmir by India, New Delhi’s BJP regime set in motion a 30-year-old case against Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik which accuses him of leading a group of militants who killed four Indian Air force officials. Yasin is currently lodged in New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail.
I met Yasin on March 6 this year, a day before he was booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and taken to Kot Balwal Jail, Jammu, from Srinagar’s Kothibagh police station where he had been detained under ‘preventive custody’. From Kot Balwal, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the central investigation agency that leads New Delhi’s crackdown on the resistance leadership of Kashmir, took him on remand and he was later lodged in Tihar Jail in a dingy cell in an allegedly bad state of health. Yasin is a chronic heart patient.