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Curfew after Masarat ’s arrest in J&K
Srinagar/Jammu, Oct 19 (IANS):
Published on 19 Oct. 2010 11:12 PM IST
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Curfew was imposed in Srinagar and other major towns of the Kashmir Valley to prevent violence, police said Tuesday, a day after the arrest of hardline Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam.
“Curfew has been imposed in Srinagar city, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Sopore, Handwara, Kupwara, Pattan, Palhalan, Delina and some other towns as a precautionary measure,” a police officer said here.
Alam, chief of the separatist Muslim League, is the general secretary of the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani.
Sources in Jammu said Alam was likely to be moved to the winter capital.
He had been at the forefront of organising protests, sit-ins and marches in the last four months that has seen more than 100 people being killed in Kashmir. Alam had announced the Quit Kashmir campaign of Geelani’s group in June this year.
He was released from jail in June but jumped bail and immediately went underground to evade arrest.
“He was arrested from the house of his maternal uncle in Wagund area in Srinagar district,” a police official had confirmed Monday evening.
Geelani reacted predictably: “I am pained to learn about Masarat Alam’s arrest, but arrests and detentions cannot suppress our freedom struggle.”
Shops, educational institutions, public and private transport, banks, post offices and other businesses remained shut in Srinagar because of curfew though authorities did not restrain movement of pedestrians who showed proper identification.
“Our intention is that life must return to normal, and that is why civilian movement is being allowed after proper identification,” a police officer said here.
Hardline Hurriyat leader may be shifted to Jammu jail
Hurriyat Conference leader Masarat Alam is likely to be shifted to Jammu where several other separatist leaders are lodged, an official said Tuesday, a day after the general secretary of the Geelani-led hardline group was arrested in Srinagar.
Alam -- considered close to Syed Ali Geelani, chief of the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference -- is known as the mastermind of the current unrest in the Kashmir Valley. He was arrested from the Jammu and Kashmir summer capital Monday evening. The arrest of the general secretary of the Geelani faction of the Hurriyat Conference is a severe blow to the ‘Quit Kashmir Movement’ of separatists, the senior official said. Keeping Alam in Srinagar was fraught with serious consequences, he added. “In these circumstances, it would be prudent to shift him to Jammu,” the official told IANS. Several separatist leaders, including Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Ahmad Shah and Dukhtrain-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi, are already lodged in the Jammu jail.

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