JKLF chief Yasin Malik arrested in Srinagar on eve of protest over sainik colony
Pro-Azadi Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested in Srinagar on Wednesday on the eve of a protest shutdown
Srinagar: Pro-Azadi Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested in Srinagar on Wednesday on the eve of a protest shutdown called by the separatists against a proposed colony to house ex-servicemen in the Valley.
The JKLF chief was arrested from his party's Abi Guzar area office adjacent to the city centre Lal Chowk.
"He has been taken into preventive custody and lodged in Kothibagh police station to maintain law and order in the city," a senior police officer told IANS in Srinagar.
Earlier in the day, police placed Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group, under house arrest in his uptown Nigeen residence in Srinagar city.
Mirwaiz Umer, Malik and senior separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani have called for a protest shutdown on Thursday against the alleged setting up of a Sainik (ex-servicemen) colony by the central and state governments in the Valley.
The separatists have also called for post Friday prayer protests in the Valley the day after.
State government spokesman and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar had last week denied that a Sainik colony was being set up anywhere in the Valley.
The state government has been maintaining that the request for allotment of land for setting up an ex-servicemen colony by permanent residents of J&K had been received and as yet no land has been allotted anywhere for the proposed colony.
Like many of his generation, Mehrajuddin Halwai, a Hizb-ul-Mujahideen operative who was killed earlier this week, appears to have been radicalised in the course of the large-scale, Islamist-led street protests which tore across Kashmir from 2006
The police said that one of the militants, identified as Fayaz War, was involved in several attacks and killings of civilians and security personnel. He was the last perpetrator of violence in north Kashmir
An official statement said that a blinking red light was observed by the troops at a height of 200 metres but the object went back across the border after personnel fired at it