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JKLF Terrorist Yasin Malik starts hunger strike in Tihar Jail, calls court “undemocratic”

Last Updated on July 23, 2022 at 5:04 pm

Terrorist Yasin Malik, head of the banned JKLF, has started a hunger strike in the Tihar Jail. According to prison officials, he has started a hunger strike in order to get a fair trial for his case.

The leader of the outlawed Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), who is serving a life sentence in connection with a terror-funding case, filed a request with the central government for his personal appearance in two trials. The separatist commander is currently on trial for the 1990 murder of four Indian Air Force (IAF) officials and the 1989 kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed, the daughter of the then-Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

On May 19, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) court found him guilty of sponsoring terrorism, and on May 25, he was given a life sentence. According to many provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the court found Yasin Malik guilty.

According to a statement by JKLF spokesperson Muhammad Rafiq Dar, the “supreme council” of the organisation described Malik’s non-presentation in court as “illegal, inhumane, and undemocratic” at a meeting.

Dar claimed that Malik had originally planned to start the hunger strike on July 12, the day before the last recent court appearance. However, he postponed the hearing for 10 days at the request of the jail’s administration so that they could raise the matter with relevant higher officials.