Four Hurriyat leaders arrested in J&K
27 October 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SRINAGAR: Four separatist leaders were arrested on Saturday in Sreenagar, as the state observed a strike to protest the arrival of Indian troops here 54 years ago.Separatist leaders Javed Mir and Shahid-ul-Islam were arrested at their Srinagar homes on Saturday morning and lodged at the Kothi Bagh police station, police said.Other leading separatists, including Abdul Gani Lone and Shabir Shah, were placed under house arrest, while police were deployed around the offices of the All Party Hurriyat Conference, the leading separatist alliance, and Shah''s Democratic Freedom Party. The arrests were a likely attempt to prevent the separatists from demonstrating the day as ''black day''.Almost all shops were shut in Srinagar and many other towns to mark the first deployment of Indian troops to the state.''On this day Indian occupation forces set foot on this land against the wishes of its people and are continuing their illegal occupation till date by dent of force,'' said a statement by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.