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Updated: December 10, 2009 16:05 IST

Separatist leaders taken into preventive custody

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A file picture of All-Party Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Omer Farooq. Photo: Nissar Ahmad.
the Hindu A file picture of All-Party Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Omer Farooq. Photo: Nissar Ahmad.

Chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, and several others were taken into preventive custody when they were trying to take out a protest rally on the occasion of Human Rights Day today, officials said here.

After his arrest, Mr. Mirwaiz said his amalgam had planned to take out a procession from the Hurriyat headquarters at Rajbagh to Municipal Park to invite the attention of the world human rights bodies to the unmarked graves found by a human rights body recently.

“We also wanted world bodies to use their good offices to stop human rights violations taking place in the state,” he said.

These leaders were lodged at Kothibagh police station after they made several attempts to take out processions in and around Lal chowk, officials said.

Meanwhile, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) organised demonstrations at Pratap Park and reiterated its demand for justice.

“Today on the occasion of the international Human Rights Day, APDP demands setting up of a credible autonomous commission to investigate and come up with facts on disappearances and prosecution of security personnel involved,” president of APDP Parveena Ahanger, told reporters.

She said “India should implement all international conventions which guarantee human rights particularly the international convention on enforced involuntary disappearances to which India is a signatory.”

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