Separatist leader taken into preventive custody in J&K
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Last Updated: Friday, March 04, 2011, 20:06
Srinagar: Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) president Shabir Ahmad Shah was Friday taken into preventive custody by police when he tried to take out a rally to protest against the arrest of youths and separatist leaders.

Shah along with two of his close associates was taken into preventive custody after he tried to take out a protest rally against the large-scale arrest of youths and separatist leaders in Shopian town, 55 kms from here, police said here.

Shah was brought to Srinagar and lodged at Sadder Police station, they said.

The leader had gone to Shopian as part of his campaign to protest the continued crackdown on youth and separatist leaders and to press for release of political prisoners, a DFP spokesman told reporters.

Meanwhile, a group of youth indulged in stone-pelting on police and paramilitary forces at Batmaloo in central Srinagar shortly after Friday prayers.

The youths were protesting against the arrest of two prominent separatist leaders - Chairman of Muslim League, Mushtaq-ul-Islam and Chief of Islamic Students League, Shakeel Ahmad Bakshi -- last month.

Islam and Bakshi were arrested and booked under Public Safety Act.

Minimum force was used to chase away the protestors, they said, adding that none was hurt in the brief clashes.


First Published: Friday, March 04, 2011, 20:06

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