India arrests top Hurriyet leadership in Kashmir over ‘curfew violation’

All Parties Hurriyet Conference chairman Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were taken into custody from Srinagar


News Desk July 25, 2016
All Parties Hurriyet Conference chairman Syed Ali Gilani being taken into custody outside his home in Srinagar on Monday July 25, 2016. PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN

Police in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) arrested on Monday All Parties Hurriyet Conference chairman Syed Ali Gilani and prominent Hurriyet leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from Srinagar over a ‘curfew violation’.

A huge contingent of police cordoned the residences of both the leaders and arrested them when they stepped outside, Radio Pakistan quoted the Kashmir Media Service as saying.

The two leaders were scheduled to address a public rally at Lal Chowk in the occupied valley’s Islamabad town. The rally was arranged to pay tributes to the martyrs of Kashmir movement.

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Meanwhile, Hurriyet leadership extended the strike call against Indian atrocities till Friday and according to a joint statement, shutdown will be observed up to 2:00pm to stock essential items while blackout will be observed from 8:00pm to 9:00am on Tuesday.

Around 50 people have been killed while scores have been injured in widespread protests in Indian-held valley, which erupted in wake of the murder of popular Kashmiri youth leader Burhan Wani by Indian troops.

An indefinite curfew was imposed across the disputed Himalayan state and shoot-at-sight orders given to the Indian forces.

Cellular, internet and train services remain suspended in the territory while schools, colleges and other educational institutions are also closed.

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