Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, leader of the Moderate Hurriyat faction was taken into custody today for trying to take out a march from his residence. He was planning to take the march to offer Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar.
Mirwaiz was placed under house arrest after two months of detention on October 24. By trying to organise the demonstration he was defying the curfew.
The Hurriyat leader tried to take out the march towards the historic Jamia Masjid, where no Friday prayers could be offered during the past 15 weeks due to the restriction.
Police took Mirwaiz into custody as he came out of his residence in Nigeen and lodged him at Nigeen police station.
The old mosque was facing a siege due to the restrictions. The separatist leaders comprising of Mirwaiz, hardline Hurriyat faction chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik, had called for the march to end the ongoing “siege”.
The ongoing crisis in Kashmir has erupted when Burhan Wani, a Hizbul Mujahideen commander got killed in an encounter in July. More than 85 people were killed and nearly 13000 civilians injured in the unrest followed.
The shutdown called by separatist groups continue in the valley with schools, shops and industries remain closed for the 112th day. Use of pellet guns by Army to repress the protests were highly criticised by rights groups and political parties. An all-party delegation led by Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Kashmir on September 3.
Various Hurriyat leaders refused to talk with delegation members and meetings called by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Ms. Mufti received widespread flak for failing in resolving the crisis.