Modi Visit: 237 Hurriyat Activists Behind Bars

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SRINAGAR: Ahead of PM Modi’s Srinagar visit, 237 Hurriyat activists and what authorities call “anti national elements” (ANEs) have been rounded up in the ongoing security crackdown across valley.

The number was recorded till 8am on Wednesday morning, as per the official reports.

According to these records Hurriyat activists lodged in different prisons is 141. The maximum arresters took place in Baramulla (22), followed by Srinagar (21), Shopian (17), Budgam (16), Pulwama (12), Islamabad (11), Awantipora (10), Sopore-Kupwara-Bandipora (8 each), Handwara (6) and Ganderbal (2).

Also, 96 youth described as ‘ANEs’, including stone pelters and ex-militants were detained ahead of the high-profile visit to summer capital. Srinagar (59) leads with such arrests, followed by Islamabad (10), Shopian (9), Awantipora (6), Pulwama (4), Bandipora (3), Kulgam-Ganderbal (2 each) and Sopore (1).

Police nabs brother in exchange 

Police crackdown on separatist leaders continues while reports said that relatives of those separatist leaders are being rounded up who have so far managed to evade arrest.

Islami Tanzeem-i-Azadi patron Abdul Samad Inqalabi told CNS that after evading arrest, police picked up his brother Muhammad Yousuf and lodged him in police station Sumbal. “In order to pressurize me and some other separatist leaders, police have been targeting our relatives, that is not only undemocratic but also unconstitutional,” he said.

Pertinently, police have rounded up almost all the separatist leaders and alleged stone-pelters to thwart Geelani sponsored ‘Million March’ and to ensure peaceful rally of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 7 this month. 

 

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