Restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar on Tuesday in response to a shutdown called by the Hurriyat conference against the arrest of seven separatist leaders by the National Investigation Agency, reported PTI. Schools and colleges were shut across the city, reported the Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, a Delhi court on Tuesday sent the seven arrested separatist leaders to 10-day NIA custody. The agency told the court that it needs to take the arrested leaders to various places and question them. It also claimed to have “incriminating evidence” that the separatist leaders had used money from Pakistan to fund the Kashmir unrest, reported NDTV.
Separatist leaders had termed the arrests illegal, and called for a shutdown on Tuesday, reported the Greater Kashmir. “JRL [Joint Resistance Leadership] has given a call for complete strike tomorrow [Tuesday] to protest and condemn the revengeful, arbitrary and illegal arrests of Hurriyat leaders by NIA in Srinagar,” a spokesperson said. The joint resistance leadership includes Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.
Meanwhile, the security forces arrested one person, alleged to be an over ground worker of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, from Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, reported ANI. One grenade was also recovered from the OGW during a joint operation conducted by the state police and the army.