Indian Police arrests JKLF chairman Yasin Malik in Srinagar

NEW DELHI: Indian police arrested Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik from his residence in Srinagar.

The local police authorities raided the residence of Malik at Maisuma and took him into custody.

A JKLF spokesman in a statement said that Malik was arrested to prevent him from leading protests against unabated braid-chopping incidents in occupied Kashmir.

The joint resistance (Hurriyat) leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq along with Malik has called for demonstrations after Friday prayers against the braid-cutting incidents and brutalities of Indian forces in the occupied territory.

Meanwhile, the authorities have imposed restrictions in Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma, Kralkhud and other areas of Srinagar and announced the suspension of train services after 1 pm today.

Ever since the death of Burhan Wani, a top commander with Hizbul Mujahideen in July last year, Kashmiri freedom fighters have increasingly met Indian forces in armed encounters across the valley.

On June 11, Indian troops martyred a Kashmiri youth in Bandipora district, raising the number of killed in fake encounters in the territory to seven since June 9.

The Kashmiri youth was martyred by Indian troops during a military operation in Bandipora’s Gurez area. The troops had killed six youth during a similar operation in Uri area of Baramulla district on June 9.