Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the chairman of Hurriyat (M) was detained on Saturday after he defied house arrest and attempted to march towards Lal Chowk in his Lal Chowk Chalo protest against the visit of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Jammu and Kashmir.
The Hurriyat spokesman in a statement told that a police contingent deployed outside his Nigeen residence detained the Mirwaiz, after he came out. He was later lodged at police station Nigeen.
The spokesman said due to the deployment of heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces around whole Lal chowk the protest rally was stopped and various leaders and activists including Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, Ghulam Muhammad Dar, Sheikh M Aslam, Muhammad Haneef Dar, Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar, Fayaz Ahmad Lone, Imtiyaz Ahmad Ganie and Basharat Ahmad Butt, were arrested. The arrested persons were immediately shifted to police station Kothibagh.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leaders and activists also assembled on Saturday at Budshah Chowk Maisuma from where they tried to march towards Lal Chowk, as a mark of a protest demonstration against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kashmir.
On JRL’s call, a complete shutdown is being observed across the valley and curfew-like restrictions have been imposed in various parts of Kashmir including Lal Chowk.
Police have laid razor wire and other barricades around Maisuma, Budshah Chowk, Abiguzar, Kokerbazar and have almost sealed Ghanta Ghar Chowk to stop JRL peaceful, against human rights violations in Jammu Kashmir.