Kashmir separatist leader Yasin Malik, lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, began a hunger strike on Friday. Yasin Malik has alleged that his case is not being investigated properly. Jail officials gave this information on Saturday 23 July.
Yasin Malik is currently lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail under a life sentence. Malik is facing several charges including terror funding, involvement in terrorist activities and has been sentenced to two life imprisonment by a special NIA court under UAPA Act and other sections of IPC.
Yasin Malik is the chief of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). The Indian government banned this organization in the year 2019 and Malik was arrested soon after. Yasin Malik told the court during the hearing that he has not opposed the charges leveled against him.
Yasin Malik has started this hunger strike at a time when Rubia Saeed, daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, has identified Yasin Malik in her kidnapping case last week. Rubia was kidnapped by JKLF members on 8 December 1989. At that time, VP Singh’s government was at the center and Rubia’s father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was the home minister of the country.
JKLF released Rubia Saeed 5 days later on 13 December, when VP Singh’s government acceded to their demand for the release of 5 terrorists in return Yasin Malik is an accused in this case. According to news agency ANI, 56-year-old Yasin Malin has sought to be physically available on August 23 in a Jammu court where the case is going to be heard.
In addition to the Rubia Saeed kidnapping case, Yasin Malik is accused of shooting dead four Indian Air Force (IAF) officers in Srinagar in 1990. Meanwhile, Rubia Saeed identified JKLF Chief Yasin Malik and three others as her kidnappers before a special CBI court on July 15. This was the first time that Rubia was asked to appear in court in the matter.