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Yasin, arrested, others under house arrest, restrictions in parts of Srinagar
SRINAGAR, Sep 9: The authorities today foiled the protest programme by three senior separatist leaders and subsequent court arrest at NIA headquarter in New Delhi, by arresting Mohammad Yasin Malik and placing under house arrest Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq here. Restrictions were imposed in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of six police stations in Srinagar city.

Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik had recently announced to leave for New Delhi today and hold protest in front of NIA headquarter against NIA raids in Kashmir and arrest of separatist leaders describing those as “politically motivated to terrorise Kashmiris.”

Police had earlier announced to allow the separatist leaders to fly to New Delhi but changed its mind. Police alleged that they had objections if the separatist leaders tried to travel like normal passengers but they mobilised people and tried to create law and order problem. However, separatists condemned the police move saying it was aimed at stopping them from holding the protest and courting arrest before NIA headquarter.

The restrictions were imposed in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of police stations Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal, and Maisuma. An official spokesman said the restrictions will continue tomorrow also as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.

Separatist leadership, in a statement, said that all roads to their residences were sealed and curfew and strict restriction were imposed in parts of Srinagar by the authorities, to disallow the leadership from going to New Delhi regarding the persecution and intimidation of the people from all walks of life and the leadership by the government through the NIA, and to court arrest at their headquarters to put an end to it.

The leadership according to the statement said this move completely exposes “the so called investigation and its actual purpose.” They questioned, “If we ourselves volunteered to go to Delhi and let the investigating agency arrest us and ask them regarding the charges leveled against our organizations and the people's political movement, why were we barred?”

They said that this was surprising since yesterday the government yesterday made tall claims of everyone being free to go anywhere, and released Mirwaiz from house arrest and Yasin from jail.

Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range, Munir Khan said the separatists were mobilizing people to take a rally from Jamia Masjid, Maisuma to Hyderpora before moving towards New Delhi.

“The people were being mobilized by the separatists leaders for a rally which would create law and order problem and disturb normal life and peace in Srinagar. So to maintain peace and law and order, we had put the separatists under detention,” Khan said.

“Had they moved normally like passengers go, we would have had no problem in allowing them to go wherever they wanted to go. But we cannot allow anyone to disturb law and order and peace in the state,” the IGP said.

News Updated at : Sunday, September 10, 2017
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