Mirwaiz Umar Farooq detained after he defies house arrest in Jammu and Kashmir

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 19, 2018, 10:40 PM IST

Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Photograph:(ANI)

The Jammu and Kashmir police detained moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq along with several other leaders and activists of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).on Saturday after he defied house arrest.

The separatist leader was detained after he tried to march towards Lal Chowk city centre in Srinagar to demand the Kashmir issue resolution during Prime Minister Modi's visit to the state.

On Friday, Farook had called the people to present their "Man Ki Baat" to the Prime Minister on Lal Chowk. He had also asked the people for a complete shut down in the state.

He said while addressing a Friday congregation at Jama Masjid "Mr Modi all have been listening to your 'Mann ki Baat' for years now. As you come here tomorrow, allow us Kashmiris to peacefully gather at Lal Chowk so that you hear our 'Mann ki baat'! It's just three words-- Resolve Kashmir Dispute".

The Joint Resistance Leadership comprises Mirwaiz, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mohammad Yasin Malik had said, "India will try to use the visit of its prime minister to mislead the world community and its own people by claiming that people of Jammu and Kashmir are happy being part of India. The ground reality is that the situation in the state is like hell".

The separatist leaders were put under house arrest ahead of PM Modi's visit to the state as restrictions were imposed in parts of the city following their call to march towards Lal Chowk.