Indian police arrested on Friday Kashmiri freedom movement leader Yasin Malik in Srinagar as he attempted to lead a protest against the Modi government’s move to issue nativity certificates to Hindu refugees.
Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and his supporters were taken into custody as they marched towards Lal Chowk to stage protest.
According to the opposition parties in the held valley, the move will hamper the demography in the state.
The joint resistance leadership comprising separatist leaders Syed Ali Gilani, and Hurriyat leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had earlier given call for the shutdown in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, authorities in the held state continued to keep All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Ali Gilani and other leaders under house arrest.
These include Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Aasiya Andrabi, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Javed Ahmed Mir and Fehmida Sofi and others. The authorities also barred the leaders from offering Friday prayers, a basic religious right.
On October 30, Yasin Malik was released from Srinagar central jail four months after his arrest by Indian forces following Burhan Wani, a young Kashmiri separatist’s killing by the forces.
Yasin had been suffering from various diseases and doctors had repeatedly advised authorities to shift him to a better place with adequate medical facilities. Despite their recommendations, the JKLF chairman was still kept in solitary confinement by the Indian government.