Violent protest rocks Valley over Masarat Alam’s arrest

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Srinagar: Violent protests broke out in the state capital after separatist leader Masarat Alam was arrested by the Jammu and Kahmir Police on Friday. Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq led the protests.

he J&K Police had to use tear gas and resort to lathicharge to disperse the crowd, which was heading for a march in in Tral town of Pulwama district. Fourteen people have been reported to be injured in the clash.

 Under pressure from the Centre, the J&K Police arrested Alam, ahead of his rally in Tral this morning.

The 45-year-old hardline separatist leader was arrested for having allegedly waved a Pakistani flag to greet Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani during a rally in Srinagar some days back.

“Alam has been arrested in the case, registered in Budgam ​police station in connection with the provocative actions during the rally on Wednesday,” a senior police officer said.

Police have imposed Section 13A(unlawful activities), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 147 (riots), 427 (damage to public property) under CrPC on Alam.

The arrest comes a day after Alam and Geelani were placed under house arrest to prevent them from leading the rally in Tral.

Earlier today, Alam said that the J&K government doesn’t want the rally to be successful and that is why such an action has been taken. The separatist leader opined that the administration should follow the Hurriyat program.

“Let the government do whatever it wants to, the people are being stopped for attending that rally, but they will attend,” Alam said.

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