J&K police on Friday arrested Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, ahead of the Jamia Masjid Chalo call. Arrest comes after J&K Government had imposed curfew in several parts of Srinagar. The proposed march was called by the joint resistance leadership in their latest protest calendar. Reports said that the curfew has been imposed in Old Srinagar and Batamaloo area in summer capital. “Curfew has been imposed in six police stations of Srinagar,” a J&K Police spokesperson was quoted as saying by Kashmir Life. The government has made additional deployment of forces in Old Srinagar, several checking points are also set up at various places. The joint resistance leadership, which includes Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik had appealed people to march towards besieged Jamia Masjid located in Nowhatta area of Srinagar today.
Days ago, Mirwaiz was arrested for defying house detention ahead of Friday prayers. RThis wasn’t the first time that Mirwaiz Umar was arrested. He was shifted to a makeshift detention center on August 27, in the of Zabarwan range from a city hospital. He was detained a day before he was detained while coming out of his residence in Srinagar to march onEidgah grounds where the separatists had planned to hold a rally on August 26. Since then he remained lodged in a cottage in Chashmashahi near the Raj Bhavan. The valley has been on a fire since the killing of Hizbul Commander Burhan Wani. It has been a trend in the valley to call for protests after prayers every Friday.