Separatist leader and chief of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Yasin Malik was arrested by police during a protest march on Friday in Sarai Bala area in Srinagar, according to Times Now. Separatists had made a call for a Valley-wide shutdown protesting the death of a civilian allegedly by security forces during a firing incident in Shopian district this week. Seven other districts of Srinagar were also under curfew. Police had gone to his residence, it was reported, but the leader was finally arrested in the Sarai Bala area. Police had resorted to tear gas shelling and lathi charge to control the situation. More police reinforcements have been rushed to the area, according to TimesNow.
Malik was taken to jail earlier last week too, when he came on the streets to protest against NIA raids at residences of separatists leaders. He had released a statement along with others saying, “We warn Delhi of dire consequences if all these harassing measures are not stopped forthwith. If these unnecessary raids are not stopped, people will take to streets.” Malik was arrested after he visited the residences of slain Hizbul Mujahideen militants Sabzar Ahmed Bhat and Faizan Muzaffar in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, PTI reported. Bhat and Muzaffar, militants, were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Soimoh area, Tral. Malik and other leaders Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has declared a two-day shutdown in the Valley then too, to protest against use of “brute force” on protestors.