Police Foil Hurriyat March, Arrest Three Leaders

13 July 2009
The Hindu

Srinagar: Three Hurriyat Conference leaders were taken into custody, as police foiled the separatists plan to march in connection with Martyrs day on Monday. Piercing tight security arrangements throughout the city to thwart the march, three moderate Hurriyat leaders, president of J&K Liberation Forum Javid Ahmad Mir, leader of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq-led Awami Action Committee, Shahidul Islam and leader of Shabir Shah-led Democratic Freedom Party, Waseem Lone were taken into custody by police as soon as they appeared at Lal Chowk this morning, official sources said. Raising pro-freedom slogans, the trio appeared at the Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, around 11 am, but police pounced on them and lodged them in the nearby Kothibagh police station, the sources said. The Martyrs Day is being observed in the state in memory of 22 Kashmiris, who were martyred here on this day 78 years ago while protesting against the then autocratic rule. The state government has already ordered a holiday today in this connection.