Indian police re-arrest Sarjan Barkati in Shopian

Srinagar, March 25, 2017 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police re-arrested Hurriyet leader, Sarjan Ahmad Wagay alias Sarjan Barkati, a charismatic crowd-puller from south Kashmir, soon after a court in Shopian released him.

Shopian District Court released Sarjan Barkati on bail after quashing his detention under black law, Public Safety Act, but the police re-arrested him immediately after his release.

Sarjan Barkati, a resident of Reban Gainapora in Shopian district, has his distinctive and impassioned style of sloganeering which made him one of the most sought-after leaders in south Kashmir during the 2016 mass uprising. His anthems become a rage in south Kashmir during the uprising. He was even emulated by opposition members in the so-called Kashmir Legislative Council to protest against the ruling PDP-BJP regime.

On the other hand, Indian police raided the office of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front at Aabi Guzar in Srinagar and detained a party activist, Muhammad Irfan Khan.

“Muhammad Irfan Khan was carrying out his political activity peacefully and his detention by a police party from Kothibagh police station is highly condemnable,” the JKLF spokesman said in a statement.

He said that the JKLF activists, despite restrictions and close watch by Indian agencies, were distributing pamphlets among the people urging them to boycott the upcoming sham Indian Parliamentary elections to be held in Srinagar and Islamabad constituencies on 9th and 12th April 2017. Meanwhile, Indian police arrested a man, Muhammad Yusuf Wani, along with election boycott posters in Awantipora area of Pulwama.

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