Cleric’s Arrest Sparks Clashes

14 August 2009
The Hindu

Srinagar: A Muslim cleric was arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in Baramulla district of north Kashmir for his alleged role in the deadly riots two months ago. The arrest sparked violent protests, which left 20 persons, including 15 policemen, injured. Mufti Aijaz, a former Imam of Bait-ul-Mukaram Masjid, was arrested on Wednesday evening in connection with the agitation that had left four dead and scores of others injured in the town, official sources said on Thursday. They said the cleric was booked under the PSA for allegedly inciting people to stage protests after a woman accused policemen of misbehaving with her at a local police station on June 29.