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Mohammad Yasin Malik arrested, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest

Police did not give reasons for the action

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Yasin Malik
JKLF Chief and Senior Hurriyat Leader Yasin Malik detained by police ahead of Panchayat elections, in Srinagar | PTI Photo

chairman was on Wednesday arrested and sent to Central Jail while moderate chairman Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest.

Malik was arrested by police from office at Abi Guzar and sent to judicial remand, a spokesman of the separatist outfit said.

Before being taken away by police, Malik attacked the ruling PDP and BJP, saying they had tried to "deceive" the people with "sugarcoated slogans like healing touch, the battle of ideas and no bullet but talks".

In a related development, was placed under house arrest. Police, however, did not give reasons for the action.

Meanwhile, the separatists under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership -- which comprises Malik, and Syed Ali Shah Geelani -- have called for a shut down in Sopore town of north Kashmir on January 6.

First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 18:58 IST