Over 200 Detained In Kashmir Ahead Of PM's Visit

4 November 2015
Rising Kashmir
Mir Liyaqat Ali

Srinagar: Police have detained over 200 people including an independent legislator and top separatist leaders ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's February 7 visit to the State while authorities are yet to decide whether to arrest Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, who has called for 'Million March' rally on the same day. Ahead of PM' visit, police has launched crackdown on the separatist camp in the Valley. 'Over 200 people including separatist leaders and released militants have been detained so far,' a police official said. He said raids are being conducted to arrest the separatist leaders and activists, who have not been detained yet. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, SJM Gilani told Rising Kashmir that all preventive measures would be taken to ensure peace during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit. Asked whether police will detain Geelani, who has called for 'Million March' on November 7, he said, 'We have not taken any decision in this regard so far. We have not decided yet whether to arrest Geelani or not'. He, however, asserted that all preventive measures will be taken to foil every attempt aimed at creating law and order problems in Srinagar during PM's visit. Geelani, who is currently under house arrest at his Hyderpora residence, has said they will go ahead with the 'Million March' programme despite crackdown by the authorities. IGP said all security arrangements would be put in place and nobody would be allowed to disturb peace during PM's visit. Police has also launched crackdown against the netizens promoting Geelani's 'Million March' on the social networking sites and blocked about 50 such pages on Facebook and other social networking sites so far. The police and paramilitary personnel have increased security bandobast in the City. The cops have set up roadblocks and checkpoints at many places in Srinagar. The cops are thoroughly searching vehicles at these checkpoints in city centre and other areas. Besides, random checks have also been intensified. The cops have also increased security around the SK cricket stadium, where PM will address a joint PDP-BJP rally. Police detained independent legislator and President Awami Ittehaad Party (AI) Er Abdul Rashid at Watergam, Rafiabad on way to Srinagar. He has been lodged in police station Handwara. AIP spokesman Inam Un Nabi said Rashid held a series of public meetings in Kupwara, advising people not to attend the Prime Minister's public rally in Srinagar on November 7 as a protest against the 'high handedness' of the state. He said Rashid was scheduled to visit Anantnag district of south Kashmir tomorrow in connection with his campaign. He said the party has decided to file a petition in High Court tomorrow for release of Er Rsahid. Authorities today placed Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who has supported Geelani's Million March rally, under house arrest at his Nageen residence. Rashid had said he would welcome PM Modi with black flags in Kashmir to protest against the prevailing intolerance against minorities across India. Senior Hurriyat (G) leader and National Front chairman Nayeem Khan was arrested in Srinagar this evening. 'After returning from Baramulla and Islamabad, Khan was arrested by police at Srinagar'. Hurriyat (G) Conference member Aga Syed Hassan, was placed under house arrest at his residence in Budgam. Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar was arrested from Kreeri in Baramulla district and Abdul Ahad Waza from Kupwara. Police also arrested Hurriyat (M) leader and People's Political Party chairman, Hilal Ahmed War from Maisuma area. He was arrested minutes before he was to address a press conference. Police sources said security has also been beefed up along International Border and Line of Control (LoC) in the State.