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Jammu and Kashmir: Separatist leaders Yasin Malik, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq detained ahead of anniversary of Burhan Wani’s killing

While Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was placed under house arrest at his Nigeen residence, JKLF leader Yasin Malik was taken into preventive custody and shifted to a police station.  

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Srinagar [ Published on: July 06, 2018 22:11 IST ]
The separatists have called for a strike across the valley

The separatists have called for a strike across the valley on July 8. 

Authorities on Friday placed two senior separatist leaders under detention in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of a separatist-called shutdown on July 8, the second death anniversary of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.

While Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was placed under house arrest at his Nigeen residence, JKLF leader Yasin Malik was taken into preventive custody and shifted to a police station.

Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani continued to remain under house detention at his residence in Hyderpora but was allowed to offer Friday prayers at a nearby mosque before being put under house arrest again. 

The separatists have called for a strike across the valley on July 8. 

Authorities have also put restrictions around the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of the summer capital and did not allow Friday prayers there, the official said. 

Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kokernag area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district on July 8, 2016. 

His killing triggered massive protests and prolonged period of curfews and shutdowns across the Valley. 

As many as 85 people were killed and thousand others were injured in clashes between the security forces and protesters for a period of over four months. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Kashmir Valley along with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on two-day visit to assess the security situation and pay visit to Amarnath cave. 

 

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