Separatist leaders detained in Kashmir

Srinagar, June 28 (Calcutta Tube) Many separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, were detained Monday in summer capital Srinagar to thwart the proposed separatist march to Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore town where a youth was killed in firing Sunday.

Farooq was placed under house arrest in his uptown Nigeen residence where pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yaseen Malik was also detained, an official source said.

Senior Shia leader Aga Syed Hassan was also detained in his house in Central Badgam district.

No restrictions were imposed in Srinagar though heavy deployment of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were made.

Markets, business establishments, schools and colleges remained shut here, though no separatist group called for a shutdown Monday in the wake of heightened tension in Sopore town Sunday evening in which another youth was killed in CRPF firing.

The authorities had declared that schools and colleges in the valley will remain shut for two days – Monday and Tuesday.

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