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Police detain separatists in Srinagar to foil meet

Policemen detain J&K Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik in Srinagar on Monday.

Policemen detain J&K Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik in Srinagar on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad

They were scheduled to discuss the ongoing NIA raids.

Senior separatist leaders in Srinagar were on Monday detained in a bid to foil their proposed meet to discuss the ongoing National Investigation Agency raids in Jammu and Kashmir.

A spokesman of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who heads the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), said the police surrounded his residence on Sunday evening. "The Mirwaiz was to attend a joint meeting at veteran leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s residence on Monday and later address a joint press conference."

JKLF chief Yasin Malik was also detained. The road leading to Mr. Geelani's house was blocked with concertina wires.

NIA has conducted raids on separatists and their backers, especially those involved in money transactions through hawala. It raided around 30 premises in the past two days. Several leaders and close aide of the separatists were also questioned.

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