Srinagar: Separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat has been booked under Public Safety Act for anti-national activities. Under the strict law, authorities can keep him in jail for two years without trial.
Alam was arrested on April 17 and a court in Srinagar remanded him to seven-day police custody.
The 45-year-old hardliner was arrested from his home in Habbakadal area of the city early on April 17 morning and slapped with charges of leading seditious activities and waging a war against the nation.
In a rally on April 15 in Srinagar which was organised to welcome Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on his return after four months, Masarat, was seen chanting slogans in support of Pakistan and his supporters waving Pakistani flags.
A day later, he along with Geelnai was placed under house arrest.