Amid protest call, Hurriyet leaders detained in occupied Kashmir

Srinagar: Police retaliating against agitators during a protest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani along with his two associates in Srinagar on Saturday. PTI Photo by S Irfan (PTI7_9_2016_000138A)

NEW DELHI Oct 6 (TNS):  Indian authorities have detained Hurriyet leaders and chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik in Srinagar, the Kashmir Media Service reported.

The local police raided the residence of Malik at Maisuma and took him into custody.

A JKLF spokesman in a statement said that Malik was arrested to prevent him from leading protests against unabated braid-chopping incidents in occupied Kashmir.

The Hurriyet leadership, comprising Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq along with Malik has called for demonstrations after Friday prayers today against the braid-cutting incidents and brutalities of Indian forces in the occupied territory.

Meanwhile, the authorities have imposed restrictions in Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma, Kralkhud and other areas of Srinagar and announced the suspension of train services after 1pm today.

Ever since the death of freedom fighter Burhan Wani, a top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, in July last year, Kashmiri freedom fighters have increasingly met Indian forces in armed encounters across the valley.

On June 11, Indian troops martyred a Kashmiri youth in Bandipora district, raising the number of killed in fake encounters in the territory to seven since June 9.

The Kashmiri youth was martyred by Indian troops during a military operation in Bandipora’s Gurez area.

The troops had killed six youth during a similar operation in Uri area of Baramulla district on June 9.