Published On: Thu, Jun 21st, 2018

Crackdown on separatists: Geelani, Yassen, Mirwaiz and Bilal placed under arrest

Srinagar: Authorities on Thursday arrested two separatist leaders and placed two others under detention in the summer capital Srinagar to prevent their participation in a shutdown call issued on Wednesday.

No incident of stone pelting was reported in the Valley

Police arrested Muhammad Yasin Malik, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and Bilal Ahmad, a close aide of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq.

Apart from it, the police also put under house arrrest, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani at their residences on the outskirts of Srinagar.

The separatists headed by Geelani, Mirwaiz Farooq and Malik had called for the shutdown against the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari and alleged continuing killings of civilians in Kashmir.

Bukhari, editor of “Rising Kashmir” newspaper, was shot dead along with two security guards in Srinagar on June 14.

Shops, public transport, other businesses and educational institutions remained shut on Thursday at most places in Srinagar while attendance in banks, post offices and government offices was thin due to non-availability of public transport.

Private transport and some three-wheelers, however, plied in uptown areas of Srinagar.

Taxis and buses carrying tourists to Sonamarg, Pahalgam and Gulmarg hill stations operated as usual. Train services were suspended in the Kashmir Valley as a precaution.

No incident of stone pelting was reported in the Valley.

Despite the shutdown, Governor NN Vohra and all senior bureaucrats of the state government attended their offices in the Srinagar Civil Secretariat on Thursday.

Vohra had on Wednesday too visited the Civil Secretariat and was presented a guard of honour by police though June 20 was a public holiday in the Valley on account of the annual festival at the Mata Kheer Bhawani shrine, the holiest for Kashmiri Pandits.

Vohra took charge of the Jammu and Kashmir administration after the PDP-BJP coalition government collapsed following the BJP’s withdrawal of support to the PDP.

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