Kashmir strike: Yasin Malik detained, Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz under house arrest
New Delhi: Separatists-sponsored strike in Kashmir affected normal life in the valley a shops, fuel stations and business establishments remained closed.
However, to avoid any violent protests in the valley, the Jammu and Kashmir police today detained JKLF chief Yasin Malik while moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest. Malik was taken into custody from his Maisuma residence this morning, a police official said.
Journalist Shujaat Bukhari killing has angered the locals in valley and security forces suspect that separatists may exploit the issue to further their cause.
He said Malik has been lodged in police station Kothibagh. The official said Mirwaiz was placed under house arrest at his Nigeen residence. Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani continued to remain under house detention.
The separatists, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership, on Tuesday called for a protest strike for today against the killing of civilians allegedly in security forces firing recently and the killing of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari.
Bukhari was shot dead, along with his two personal guards, outside his office in Press Enclave here on 14 June by unknown gunmen.