JKLF chief Yaseen Malik detained in Jammu and Kashmir

Yasin Malik. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

ANI Srinagar Feb 23, 2019, 07.53 AM (IST)

Kashmiri separatist and JKLF chief Yasin Malik was detained by the police late on Friday night.

The cops apprehended him from his Maisuma residence in Srinagar. He reportedly has been taken to the Kothibagh Police Station.

Malik’s detention comes ahead of a crucial hearing on Article 35-A in Supreme Court which is likely to take place on Monday.

The article, incorporated into the Indian Constitution in 1954, grants special rights and privileges to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir.

In the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack which claimed lives of 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14, earlier this week, Jammu and Kashmir government withdrew security cover of several separatists including Malik, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Shabir Shah and Saleem Geelani.