Kashmir: JKLF chief Yasin Malik arrested
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested in Srinagar on Friday along with an associate, Bashir Ahmed.
Yasin Malik accused the Narendra Modi-led BJP government of deliberately arresting him on the occasion of Eid.
He told the press before his arrest that "the new kind of tyrants and oppressors take pleasure in arresting people on these occasions (Eid)."
Yasin Malik along with Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq have been spearheading the separatist resistance in the Kashmir Valley for years.
The senior separatist was placed under house arrest on June 24 after the death of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith and ahead of Eid the next day (June 25).
Yasin Malik was also arrested in May following the widespread violance after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Sabzar Ahmad Bhat in an encounter with security forces. He had visited the residences of the slain Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists.
He had called for a shutdown in the Valley to protest the killing of the two terrorists and the use of "brute force" against protestors.