Malik taken into ‘preventive’ custody, other separatists placed under house arrest


SRINAGAR: 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 said 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.

Separatists placed under house arrest
SRINAGAR: In the wake of shutdown call given by the separatist leaders against setting up of Sainik Colonies and separate townships for Kashmiri Pandits, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairperson, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Media Advisor to Mirwaiz, Shahid-ul-Islam were placed under house arrest in the wee hours early this morning.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairperson, Syed Ali Geelani and Democratic Freedom Party chief and senior Hurriyat Conference (g) leader, Shabir Ahmad Shah are already under house arrest.
According to a senior Hurriyat Conference (m) leader, Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest.
He said that Mirwaiz was scheduled to head a meeting he had called to discuss Hurriyat strategy to resist Sainik colonies and Pandit townships in the state.
Shahid-ul-Islam and other party leaders were also arrested, he said.
Meanwhile, president of Anjuman-e-Shair-e-Shia, Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi, was placed under house detention while several other leaders detained by the police.

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