Key Leaders and Hundreds Arrested Ahead Modi's Visit to Kashmir
SRINAGAR: Indian security forces have arrested key separatist leaders and hundreds of their supporters ahead Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi's scheduled visit to Indian-Held Kashmir on November 7.
Separatists have called for a million march near the Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium, hosting the Indian PM’s rally on Saturday, which in turn is guarded by a multi-layered ring of security forces personnel now.
The calls resulted in separatist leaders house arrest to include Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Shabir Ahmed Shah, while Mohammed Yasin Malik has been detained at a police station, police said.
Preventive arrests are fairly common in the Indian-administered portion of Kashmir, particularly ahead of important events that authorities fear could be targeted by anti-India protests.
“Our rally is to showcase to the world that Kashmiris reject India’s brutal military occupation of Kashmir,” Geelani said in a statement.
In the meantime, security has been beefed up in the region with the frisking of private vehicles, checkpoints and patrolling intensified.
Sources have revealed that around 300 people have been arrested mostly during night raids on their homes this week.
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