J&K: JKLF chairman, three others detained



Srinagar: JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik and three of his associates were on Thursday detained by the police after they tried to stage a protest against the arrest of a youth in Maisuma area of the city.

Malik was taken into preventive custody as he and his supporters tried to stage a dharna outside Maisuma police station over the arrest of a youth, Ashiq hussain Dar, official sources said.

Malik and his associates were taken to police station Kothibagh and lodged there, they said.

Dar was arrested yesterday after he was found allegedly involved in beating up of another person.

The JKLF chairman had sought release of the youth but police said he can be granted bail only by a court as an FIR had already been registered against him.

Soon after the detention of Malik, markets in Maisuma and adjoining areas shut down, they said, adding additional police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in the area to maintain law and order.

PTI