Posts Tagged 'jan 26th'

J&K cops ‘offered urine for water’ to Ekta yatris

*J&K cops ‘offered urine for water’ to Ekta yatris*

January 29, 2011

Pioneer News Service | New Delhi

When separatist leader Yasin Malik and others marched to Lal Chowk with
black flags, the police offered them hot tea and cigarettes. But we were
arrested for trying to hoist the National Flag… When we asked for water, the
police offered us urine.”

Dozen of BJP youth wing workers who have returned to the Capital — with
fractured limbs and numerous wounds — narrated the story of brutality
unleashed by the Jammu & Kashmir Police in Srinagar on January 26.

These youth leaders had to sneak into Srinagar and hide in small groups to
continue with the plan to hoist the National Flag at Lal Chowk, after
threats by separatists and prohibitory orders by the State administration.

While Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) chief Anurag Thakur and BJP
leaders were arrested upon entering Jammu & Kashmir, a couple of youth wing
workers made an attempt on January 26 morning to hoist the flag at Lal

KK Upadhyay, an engineer from Gurgaon, was the first who tried. He was
beaten up. The next group of workers came as close as 20 metres from Lal
Chowk. No sooner did one of them take the flag out of his pocket and wave
it, that *several policemen pounced on him, snatched away the flag, tore it
(the National Flag) into pieces *and beat him up, fracturing his left hand
in the process.

*“J&K Police personnel were carrying posters — ‘Indian dogs, go back’.* The
arrested BJP activists were forced to take off their clothes in sub-zero
temperatures. Third degree torture was meted out. Does Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh have any explanation for this kind of an action? He should
apologise to the nation,” Anurag Thakur told The Pioneer on Friday.

Bhrigu Bakshipatra, Rajesh Chowdhary, Mohan Reddy, Suresh Bagashia
(office-bearers), Shyantanam Basu (executive member), Jitendra Meena,
Virendra S Khinchi, Lokinder Singh Rajawat, Vijay Upadhyay, Vinod Rawat,
Bhupinder Chowdhary, Ashok Bhati (from Rajasthan), RP Singh, Shikha Rai,
Hiren Mishra (from Delhi), Pradeep Singh Vaghela, Harsh Sanghavi, Alpesh
Sashikant (from Gujarat) and Jitendra Gupta (from West Bengal) had to be
admitted to a local hospital after they received serious injuries in a
police lathicharge.

The State Police, Thakur said, not only tortured party workers but also used
obscenities against the BJP national leaders. Maintaining that his yatra was
a success – as party workers managed to hoist the flag so close to Lal Chowk
despite police cordoning off the area – Thakur said his next plan was to
reach out to the people, students in particular, and expose the UPA’s
pro-separatist polices.

“We have been successful in our endeavor to excite and rejuvenate India’s
youth into proactively taking the cause of national integration and
sovereignty,” he said.