The People's Conference chairman tried to take out a protest rally
Srinagar: Senior separatist leaders Sajjad Ghani Lone and Nayeem Ahmed Khan were arrested on Sunday in north Kashmir's Kupwara district when they tried to take out a march in protest against the alleged desecration of a mosque and the killing of a youth in firing by security forces.
Mr. Lone, who is the People's Conference Chairman, was arrested in Kupwara shortly before he was to take out a protest rally there.
Mr. Khan, who is the National Front chief, was also detained by the authorities.
One person was killed and 25 others, including 14 police and security personnel, wounded when thousands of protesters attacked a security force camp at Trehgam, about 100 km from here, on Saturday.
The agitators took to the streets to protest against the alleged desecration of a mosque by troops of 7 Dogra Regiment in Zirhama on Friday evening.
The demonstrators alleged that the troops entered the mosque without removing their shoes, beat up the priest and showed disrespect to the holy books, a charge denied by the Army.
Meanwhile, the authorities have decided to close all educational institutions in the border district of Kupwara for three days from Monday in view of the prevailing situation there.
A report from Kupwara said, the authorities later on Sunday evening released both Mr.Lone and Mr. Khan.